China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe

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This image taken by the on-board camera of the "Yutu" or "Jade Rabbit" rover, and made off the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, shows a photo of the Chang'e-3 lander during the mutual-photograph process. The rover and the lander took photos of each other Sunday night, marking the success of the Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Ding Lin) NO SALES

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China said Monday it was on track to launch a fifth lunar probe with the aim of bringing back lunar soil and rock samples following the successful moon landing of a space probe.

The new mission planned for 2017 would mark the third and final phase of China's robotic lunar exploration program and pave the way for possibly landing an astronaut on the moon after 2020. (


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