Preface: The Chang'e-3 lander and rover mission to the Moon

Wing Huen Ip, Jun Yan, Chun Lai Li, Zi Yuan Ouyang

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The Chang'e-3 (CE-3) lander and rover mission to the Moon was an intermediate step in China's lunar exploration program, which will be followed by a sample return mission. The lander was equipped with a number of remote-sensing instruments including a pair of cameras (Landing Camera and Terrain Camera) for recording the landing process and surveying terrain, an extreme ultraviolet camera for monitoring activities in the Earth's plasmasphere, and a first-ever Moon-based ultraviolet telescope for astronomical observations. The Yutu rover successfully carried out close-up observations with the Panoramic Camera, mineralogical investigations with the VIS-NIR Imaging Spectrometer, study of elemental abundances with the Active Particle-induced X-ray Spectrometer, and pioneering measurements of the lunar subsurface with Lunar Penetrating Radar. This special issue provides a collection of key information on the instrumental designs, calibration methods and data processing procedures used by these experiments with a perspective of facilitating further analyses of scientific data from CE-3 in preparation for future missions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number001
Pages (from-to)1511-1513
Number of pages3
JournalResearch in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Chang'e-3
  • Lunar telescope
  • Moon lander
  • Radar
  • Rover


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