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10 Amazing Space Missions You Never Knew About

Chang’e 3 Mission to the Moon

Photography by emperornie / Flickr
Photography by emperornie / Flickr

Named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, Chang’e 3 was the third in a series of lunar missions by the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA). Launched in 2013, the unmanned spacecraft successfully landed on the lunar surface, establishing a base for its on-board astronomical observatory to make long-term observations of the cosmos. science space earth space science universe

Voyager

Photography by Kevin Kill / Flickr
Photography by Kevin Kill / Flickr

Voyager 1 and 2 were highly successful twin missions that launched in 1977. After accomplishing their respective goals to explore the outer planets of the solar system, the Voyager probes kept on going, and are now boldly heading where no man, robot or Earthly object has ever gone before. Voyager 1 left the solar system in August 2012, moving into interstellar space, and Voyager 2 is slated to follow by 2018. Both probes are still communicating with Earth and are expected to remain in contact until 2020.

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