China launched a lunar probe carrying its first moon rover Monday, a significant step toward deep space exploration, the official Xinhua news agency reported. It was launched aboard a Long March rocket which blasted off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 1:30 a.m. The lunar probe is expected to land on the moon in mid-December, making it China’s first spacecraft to reach the surface of an extraterrestrial body. It is also the first moon lander launched this century century, the report said.
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