China launched test return orbiter for lunar mission.
On October 23, 2014 at 17:59 UTC the “Long March – 3C/G2” (“Changzheng-3C/G2”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province, the southwest of China. The rocket orbited the lunar orbiter (an unmanned spacecraft) to test technologies to be used in the Chang'e-5, a future probe that will conduct the country's first moon mission with a return to Earth. The whole mission will take about eight days. Developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the spacecraft will fly around the moon for half a circle and return to Earth.
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