A Chinese lunar probe has crashed into the moon in what Beijing has called a controlled collision.
The Chang’e 1 lunar satellite hit the moon’s surface at 1613 local time (0813 GMT) at the end of a 16-month moon-mapping mission.
China launched the spacecraft in late October 2007 on a mission to survey the entire surface of the moon.
China’s ever-more ambitious space programme includes plans for a space station and landing a man on the moon.
Launched into space on one of China’s Long March 3A rockets, the probe mapped the moon’s surface using stereo radar.
Chang’e 1 was under the remote control of two stations in Qingda, eastern China, and Kashgar in the north-west of the country, the Xinhua news agency said.
China became only the third nation – after the Soviet Union and the US – to put a manned spacecraft in orbit in 2003.
State media said on Sunday China would launch a space module next year and carry out the country’s first space docking.
“The module, called Tiangong-1, will provide a “safe room” for Chinese astronauts to live and conduct scientific research in zero gravity,” Chinese state media said.
“Weighing about 8.5 tonnes, Tiangong-1 is able to perform a long-term unattended operation, which will be an essential step toward building a space station,” it added.