Chang'E-1 is the first lunar mission in China, which was successfully launched on Oct. 24th,
2007. It was guided to crash on the Moon on March 1, 2009, at 52.36±E, 1.50±S, in the north of Mare Fecunditatis. The total mission lasted 495 days, exceeding the designed life-span about four months. 1.37Terabytes raw data was received from Chang'E-1. It was then processed into 4Terabytes science data at di®erent levels. A series of science results have been achieved by analyzing and applicating these data, especially the global image of the Moon of China's first lunar exploration mission. Four scientific goals of Chang'E-1 have been achieved. It provides abundant materials for the research of lunar sciences and cosmochemistry. Meanwhile these results will serve for China's future lunar missions.
The successful Orbiting of Chang’E-1 Lunar Orbiter is the first step of the three-phase moon mission, which is described as orbiting the moon, soft-landing on the moon, and lunar sample returning.
The successful launch of Chang’E-1 satelite on Oct.24, 2007
The lunar global image taken by Chang’E-1 CCD camera