Long March 3B | Chang'e 3 & Yutu

Long March 3B | Chang'e 3 & Yutu

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China













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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.


Chang'e 3 & Yutu

Chang'e 3 is an uncrewed lunar exploration mission consisting of a robotic lander and China's first lunar rover Yutu. The main objective of the mission is to achieve China's first soft landing and roving exploration on the Moon, as well as performing lunar-based astronomical observation and studying lunar topography and geology.

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Long March 3B

Height 54.80 Meters

Max Stages 3

Mass To GTO 5100 kg

Liftoff Thrust 5923 kN

Diameter 3.35 Meters

Mass To LEO 11500 kg

Liftoff Mass 426 Tonnes

Launch Success 22

Consecutive Success 2

Maiden Flight 1996-02-14

Launch Failures 3



Chinese Lunar Exploration Program

The Chinese Lunar Exploration Program also known as the Chang'e Project after the Chinese moon goddess Chang'e, is an ongoing series of robotic Moon missions by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The program incorporates lunar orbiters, landers, rovers and sample return spacecraft, launched using Long March rockets.

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