Source: CRI

10-22-2007 17:40

Special Report:   Chang'e I -Journey to the Moon

A model of Chang'e-I, China's first lunar satellite, on display at Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China's Sichuan province, Sunday, October 21, 2007. [Photo:]

More than 2,000 spaceflight fans will have the opportunity to watch the launch of China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e-I, which is scheduled to blast off Wednesday evening from southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.

Qingdao-based newspaper Peninsula Metropolitan News reported on Monday that the lucky fans will be allowed to watch the take-off from 2.5 kilometres outside the launch centre.

According to experts, the viewers will be able to witness the lifting off of the rocket for about 20 seconds, if the weather is clear.

Chang'e-I is expected to launch off at 18:05 Beijijng Time (10:05 GMT) on October 24. Reports say a full-scale launch rehearsal will take place at 18:05 BJT on Monday.