Chinese spacecraft starts orbiting the Moon

January 13, 2015 12:45 AM

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A Chinese spacecraft service module has started orbiting the moon, after spending months in space. The service module also sent a prototype sample from space, which is a return capsule that returned to Earth in a bid to prepare for China’s Chang’e 5 Lunar mission. The craft arrived in orbit around the moon this week.

The service module from China’s circumlunar test flight arrived in orbit around the moon this week, according to Chinese state media reports. The spacecraft is currently flying in an eight-hour orbit that carries it within 125 miles (200 kilometers) of the lunar surface at its closest point, and out...

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