China to Launch Second Lunar Probe in 2010


China to launch Chang’e-2 satellite at the end of 2010

China planned to launch the Chang’e-2, the country’s second lunar probe, at the end of 2010, the State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense said Monday.

The Chang’e-2 was to test key soft landing technologies for theChang’e-3 and provide high-resolution photo images of the landing area, the administration said.

China has made progress on six key technologies of Chang’e-2, including the lunar capture, orbit control and the research on high-resolution stereo camera, it said.

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