Chinese Spacecraft Makes First ‘Soft’ Moon Landing

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The touch-down of lunar probe Chang’e-3 marks the first time that China has sent a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body. The success makes China the third country, after the United States and the Soviet Union, to soft-land (a powered descent) on the moon. The last soft-landing was carried out by the Soviet Union in 1976.

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