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Europe's first spacecraft to the moon ended its three-year mission Sunday with a planned crash, hitting its target after ground controllers had to maneuver it around a looming crater rim.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe's first moon probe signed off its mission on schedule by crashing into the lunar surface on Sunday, completing a project scientists hope will tell them more about the moon's origin.
China and Russia plan to launch a joint mission to Mars in 2009 to scoop up rocks from the red planet and one of its moons, a Chinese scientist said on Wednesday.
During its 15-month science mission at the Moon, ESA's SMART-1 returned up to 1000 images per week, whose analysis is still keeping the scientists busy. They show the Moonâ€™s surface in unprecedented detail (with the kind of information that until now, scientists could only dream about) and it is going to get better.
After sixteen months orbiting the Moon, ESA's lunar mission is preparing for the end of its scientific exploration.
China plans to take the first step in its ambitious lunar exploration program next April, launching a satellite that will orbit the moon, a space official said on Thursday.
The scariest thing about "Underworld: Evolution" is its audience.
First, a technical glitch forced the launch date to be set back. Then a thunderstorm came in and hit this remote island in southern Japan with buckets of rain and howling winds.
A manned Chinese mission to the moon is still a long way off, a state newspaper said on Friday.
China's plans to send a spacecraft around the moon have reached a new stage, with the unmanned orbiter and rocket entering production and testing, China's top aerospace official said on Thursday.
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