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Chang & e-4 launched from the Xichang satellite launch center in Sichuan, southwest China at 6:30 GMT on December 7

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Chang & e-4 launched from the Xichang satellite launch center in Sichuan, southwest China at 6:30 GMT on December 7

October 24, 2007 – China launches Chang & e-1, an unmanned satellite, in the space where it will remain operational for more than a year.

October 1, 2010 – China launches Chang & # 39; e-2. This was part of the first phase of the Chinese lunar program. It was in a 100-km-high lunar orbit to collect data for the upcoming Chang & e-3 mission.

September 29, 2011 – China launches Tiangong 1.

September 15, 2013 – A second space lab, Tiangong 2, is being launched.

December 1, 2013 – Chang & # 39; e-3 launched.

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December 14, 2013 – Chang & e-3, a 2,200 lb (1200 kg) lunar probe successfully lands on the near side of the moon. It became the first soft-land object on the moon since Luna 24 in 1976.

April 1, 2018 – Tiangong-1 crashes on Earth at 17,000 mph and lands in the ocean off the coast of Tahiti.

May 20, 2018 – China launches a relay satellite called Queqiao stationed in an operational orbit about 40,000 miles beyond the moon. This is designed to allow Chang & e-4 to communicate with engineers on Earth.

The Chang & e-4-moon robber is lifted into space on December 7 from the Xichang launch center in southwestern China in Sichuan province

The Chang & e-4-moon robber is lifted into space on December 7 from the Xichang launch center in southwestern China in Sichuan province

The Chang & e-4-moon robber is lifted into space on December 7 from the Xichang launch center in southwestern China in Sichuan province

December 7, 2018 – Chinese space agency announces it has launched the Chang & e-4 probe.

December 12, 2018 – Retro-sockets on the probe are fired to stabilize and delay the spacecraft.

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December 31, 2018 – The probe is preparing for the very first soft landing on the other side of the moon.

January 4, 2019 – It lands the Chang & e-4 lander on the other side of the moon

Scheduled for 2020 – Tiangong 3, a follow-up mission to the Tiangong-2

Before 2033 – China is planning its first unmanned reconnaissance program for Mars.

2040 – 2060 – The Asian superpower is planning a manned mission to Mars.

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