China's third lunar exploration since 2007 to blast off in 2013
By RBR Staff
July 27, 2012
The expedition is scheduled for 2013 and will be the first soft landing on the lunar surface since the Soviet Luna 24 mission in 1976.
The Chang’e-3 rover is a six-wheeled robot currently undergoing durability and endurance testing in the deserts of western China.
The lander will touch down at the moon’s Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows, with four other sites earmarked as backups.
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