China will launch lunar probe Chang'e-5 to the moon in about a week's time.
On Tuesday, the Long March-5 rocket was moved into place ready for blast-off at the launch site in Wenchang on China's southern island province of Hainan.
China is planning to launch its Chang'e 5 lunar exploration mission in late November, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said on Tuesday. Its transport process took about two hours and was reported to be smooth.
Over the past two months, it was assembled and examined at the center, the administration said, adding that when the final checks are done, propellants will be pumped into it.
The lunar probe, which weighs over 8 tons, is comprised of four parts: an orbiter, a returner, an ascender and a lander.
What is more hard for the job is "the short launch windows", according to Mao Wanbiao, deputy director of the Chang'e-5 mission launch center.
Chang'e 5, scheduled to launch early next week, aims to put a lander on the moon to drill and scoop up rocks and debris to return to Earth.
The first Chang'e probe was launched in October 2007. Since then, China has launched four lunar probes and one experimental spacecraft, with Chang'e 3 being the first Chinese spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon's surface.
The latest and most remarkable, the ongoing Chang'e 4 mission, is the first endeavor by any nation to conduct surface observation of the far side of the moon, which never faces Earth, thereby accomplishing a goal sought by scientists for decades. This is the second time the carrier rocket will be put into practical use.
The Chang'e lunar mission, named for the Chinese moon goddess, is among China's most ambitious as its space program continues to build steam since it first put a man in space in 2003, becoming only the third nation to do so after the United States and Russian Federation.
China now has a mission on the way to Mars, along with a rover on the moon's far side that is providing the first full measurements of radiation exposure from the lunar surface, information vital for any country that plans to send astronauts to the moon.