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China releases its first complete moon picture


Source: | 11-13-2008 09:28

Special Report:   Change I -Journey to the Moon
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China has released its first complete moon picture, a year after China's first lunar probe was launched. The complete image marks the success of the nation's first lunar project.

China publishes its first full map of the moon surface in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 12, 2008, about a year after its first lunar probe -- Chang'e-1 -- was launched. (Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)
China publishes its first full map of the moon surface in 
Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 12, 2008, about a year 
after its first lunar probe -- Chang'e-1 -- was launched. 
(Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)

China's State Administration of National Defense, Technology and Industry publicized the first complete moon image on Wednesday. The picture was produced after scientists processed data transmitted from the lunar orbiter, Chang'e One during past year. The picture was donated to China's National Museum after the release.

Lu Zhangsheng, curator of China National Museum, said, "The complete moon image contains a lot of information and data. It is high quality and up to international standards. It is the most complete lunar picture ever released in the world so far. It is an achievement by the one-year work of Chang E. "

China publishes its first full map of the moon surface in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 12, 2008, about a year after its first lunar probe -- Chang'e-1 -- was launched.(Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)
China publishes its first full map of the moon surface in Beijing, 
capital of China, Nov. 12, 2008, about a year after its first lunar 
probe -- Chang'e-1 -- was launched.(Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)

China launched its first lunar orbiter, Chang E One, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on October 24th 2007. This launch marked the nation's first step towards realizing its dream of exploring the moon.

One month later, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao unveiled the first lunar picture captured by the camera on Chang'e-One. Since then many lunar pictures have been sent by Chang E One.


Editor:Zhang Ning