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On Monday, China is reported to have released photos that its lunar probe took of the spot the nation picked out for its first landing on the moon.
Chinaâ€™s second lunar probe entered the moonâ€™s orbit Saturday, three years after its first successful lunar probe launch, which remained in orbit for 16 months.
State media reported Tuesday that China is making final preparations to launch its second lunar probe, possibly as soon as Friday, when the country marks 61 years of communist rule.
State media said Friday that China is set to launch its second lunar satellite by year's end, as the country pursues its plans for a manned mission to the moon by 2020.
A huge amount of scientific data have been accumulated by the CE-1 lunar orbiter.
China is planning to launch its second lunar probe next October to get ready for an unmanned moon landing by the end of 2012, state-run media reported on Friday.
China on Monday reported the completion of its three-dimensional map of the moonâ€™s surface.
On Sunday, China ended a 16-month lunar mission by intentionally crashing its probe into the moon.
China's first unmanned lunar probe reached the moon's surface Sunday, completing its 16-month mission, Chinese sources said. Sources with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense did not say how fast the orbiter, called Chang'e-1 -- named for a legendary Chinese moon goddess -- was traveling at impact, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The orbiter sent its first full map of the moon's surface back to China one month after it was launched Oct.
China plans to dock two unmanned crafts in space by 2011, with the first being launched by the end of 2010, a government spokesman told Xinhua news agency on Saturday.
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