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China Successfully Launches Its Lunar Lander Mission

The Chang'e-3 mission will be the first moon landing since 1976

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China Successfully Launches Its Lunar Lander Mission
Mini Moon Rover: The rover portion of the Chang’e-3 mission to the moon sports some onboard intelligence.
Photo: Getty Images

China’s moon lander is on its way. Today the Chinese space agency launched the lander into space aboard a Long March 3B rocket.

If all goes according to plan with the Chang’e-3 mission, the red flag of China will soon fly on the moon’s surface. The lander is expected to touch down on the lunar surface in about two weeks; then a rover will roll off the lander’s ramp and start making tracks in the regolith.

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report

These two dozen technical projects should make significant advances in the coming year

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report
Edmon DeHaro

Each January, the editors of IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.

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