Artist’s concept of Chang’e 3 rover on the Moon. Glen Nagle

The Chang’e 3 lunar lander and rover, expected to launch late this year

Posted By Emily Lakdawalla

2013/01/09 03:46 CST

One of the missions planned for launch this year is China’s Chang’E 3. I had never paid any attention to Chang’E 3 until this week, so I had no idea how large or ambitious it is. Chang’E 3 is a 1200-kilogram, RTG-powered lunar soft lander with a 1-year nominal mission lifetime. On top of that, it includes a 100-kilogram rover equipped with cameras and APXS. The rover has a nominal lifetime of 3 months and range of 10 kilometers. Wow. Here’s a cool artist’s concept that Glen Nagle put together. Enjoy it — this is the first time it’s been published!

Read more: The Chang'e 3 lunar lander and rover, expected to launch late this year | The Planetary Society.

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