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China's first lunar rover to land on moon on Sat

Published on Dec 13, 2013 9:06 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A space module carrying China's first lunar rover is scheduled to land on the moon on Saturday, authorities said on Friday, describing the manoueuvre as the mission's greatest challenge.

The spacecraft is scheduled to make touchdown 12 days after the Chang'e-3 mission blasted off on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the country's southwest.

"On the evening of December 14, Chang'e-3 will carry out a soft landing on the lunar surface," said a post on the mission's official blog on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter.

The task was described as the mission's "most difficult" in the post, which was written by the Chinese Academy of Sciences on behalf of the country's space authorities.

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