China celebrates successful launch of its 2nd lunar probe Chang'e-2

15:22, December 20, 2010      

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People attend a celebration rally to mark the successful launch of China's 2nd lunar probe Chang'e-2 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 20, 2010. Chang'e-2 was blast off on Oct. 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

China on Monday held a celebration rally to mark the successful launch of the nation's 2nd lunar probe Chang'e-2.

Members of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee's Political Bureau Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang attended the meeting.

Chinese President Hu Jintao gave a speech.

The meeting was presided over by Wu Bangguo, who is also Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).

Chang'e-2 was blast off on Oct. 1 and entered its long-term lunar orbit on Nov.3. It has begun to catch images of the moon's Sinus Iridum, or Bay of Rainbows, which marks the success of China's second lunar probe mission.


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