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China's first moon probe Chang'e 1 intentionally crashed into the lunar surface on Sunday after more than year of science observations, according to state media reports.
The Chang'e 1 orbiter fired its engines to leave lunar orbit Sunday afternoon and ultimately slammed into the moon's southern region at 4:13 p.m. Beijing Time (0813 GMT), China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
Of course it crashed. There was a little tag underneath the probe that said "Made In China".
Originally posted by ngchunter
reply to post by vkey08
In the past, probes have been crashed into the moon for the purpose of using earth based scopes to detect the chemical composition of any plume that the crash may kick up (in one case, an amateur even caught an image of the impact flash). Plus the incredible velocity of impact vaporizes the probe completely, erasing any chance of contamination.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
Leaving it in orbit might give gravity information.
... a dry run for a potential moon landing....
Originally posted by Jbird
Are you looking for individual high rez close ups ?