A rocket carrying the spacecraft launches from Xichang space base in  Southwest China on Friday. Photo: AFP A rocket carrying the spacecraft launches from Xichang space base in  Southwest China on Friday. Photo: AFP
A rocket carrying the spacecraft launches from Xichang space base in Southwest China on Friday. Photo: AFP

China launches experimental moon orbiter

Rocket blasts off from the southwestern Xichang satellite launch centre on an eight day trip to test systems for 2017 mission to land on the moon

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A rocket carrying the spacecraft launches from Xichang space base in  Southwest China on Friday. Photo: AFP A rocket carrying the spacecraft launches from Xichang space base in  Southwest China on Friday. Photo: AFP
A rocket carrying the spacecraft launches from Xichang space base in Southwest China on Friday. Photo: AFP
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