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China reports its spacecraft is on the moon

Posted: December 15, 2013 at 5:30 a.m.

The surface of the moon recedes into darkness in this photo taken by the onboard camera of China’s lunar probe Chang-e 3 and released Saturday by China’s Xinhua News Agency.

China on Saturday became the third country to land a spacecraft on the moon, after its unmanned Chang-e 3 probe settled onto the Bay of Rainbows, state television reported.

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Researchers work in the Beijing control room for China’s moon mission in this photo taken Tuesday. (Credit: AP)

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