China's Chang'e Lunar Missions


The Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, also known as the Chang'e Project after the Chinese moon goddess Chang'e, is an ongoing series of robotic Moon missions by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The program incorporates lunar orbiters, landers, rovers and sample return spacecraft, launched using Long March rockets.

--The first spacecraft of the program, the Chang'e 1 lunar orbiter, was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on 24 October 2007.
--The second orbiter, Chang'e 2, was launched on 1 October 2010.
--Chang'e 3, which includes a lander and rover, was launched on 1 December 2013 and successfully soft-landed on the Moon on 14 December 2013. --Chang'e 4, which includes a lander and rover, was launched on 7 December 2018.
--A sample return mission, Chang'e 5, is scheduled for December 2019.

 Documents and PowerPoints
Chang'e 5-LunarRover-190229.pptx
Chang'e 4-190115.pp
Chang'e Mission.ppt

Reminder: email links to visitors

Chinese Lunar Missions

Wikipedia Links
Chinese Lunar Exploration Program
Chang'e 4
Chang'e 3

Other Links
Leonard David's Chang'e 4


Click on image/link for larger view

change-4-relay-cnsa.jpg Earth-Moon L2 relay link. Credit: CNSA

china-moon-change-4-lander.jpg Chang'e-4 Moon lander and rover.

468938main_lro2-large.png Aitken crater, located at 17 S, 173 E, anchors the northern rim of the South Pole-Aitken basin. Credit: NASA/GSFC

Chang'e3-Lander.jpg Chang'e 3, China's first Moon lander (imaged by the Yutu rover)

Chang'e3-Rover.jpg Chang'e 3, Yutu rover (imaged by the lander)

Chang'e-3_LunarLandingSite.jpg Approximate landing site of the Chinese Chang'e 3 lander.

Click on image/link for larger view

Change3-Descent-tn.png Chang'e 3 descent onto lunar surface.

RoverDeploy-tn.png Chang'e 3 rover is deployed onto lunar surface.






This site is best viewed in Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 2.0+, Safari 3.0+, Google Chrome