We'll have to just put this down to a relative lack of experience. China's recent launch of the Chang'e II lunar probe seems to have gone quite alright for the rocket-propelled explorer, but it's been a somewhat bumpier experience for the people down on the ground. The booster propelling the Chang'e II into orbit found its way onto farmland near Jinsha, Guizhou Province, while the satellite's discarded casing crashed down close to Suichuan, Jianxi Province. Thankfully, it seems like neither village has suffered any casualties as a result, though the locals do now have some rather neat, atmosphere-scarred rocket shells to admire. Check out the charred hardware in the gallery below.
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China launches Chang'e II lunar probe, litters countryside with debris


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