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China's First Lunar Probe Launches into Orbit

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China's First Lunar Probe Launches into Orbit

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China's First Lunar Probe Launches into Orbit

China's First Lunar Probe Launches into Orbit

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Amid patriotic pomp and circumstance, China on Wednesday launched its first-ever lunar probe. It is expected to reach its orbit Nov. 5.

The probe will spend more than a year scanning the moon's surface in preparation for the launch of an unmanned lunar vehicle in 2012.