Chang'e 2 heads for deep space

16:02, June 09, 2011      

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As China's second lunar probe satellite Chang'e 2 completed its six lunar explorations and reached six-month designed life in April 1, the orbiter remains stable and normal with adequate fuel. In a bid to accumulate more space probe experience, the Chang'e 2 will fly away from its lunar orbit today and conduct deep aerospace exploration and monitoring test, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

It is learned that Chang'e 2 is an improved version of China's first lunar probe Chang'e 1's backup satellite. The major mission of Chang'e 2 is to test and validate some of the key technologies that are applicable to the Chang'e 3's missions, and to pave a way for soft landing experiment of its successors.

By People's Daily Online
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