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2010-10-10 07:15:00

China's second lunar probe entered the moon's orbit Saturday, three years after its first successful lunar probe launch, which remained in orbit for 16 months. The news, reported by Chinese state media, comes just eight days after the Long March 3C rocket carrying the Chang'e-2 probe blasted off from its launch center. The probe will begin "scientific exploration activities soon," said the Xinhua news agency, quoting the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. The probe will first circle the...

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2010-10-01 10:15:00

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) launched a second lunar exploration probe on Friday, bringing their country's emerging space program one step closer to fulfilling their goal of placing a man on the moon. According to various media reports, the Chang'e-2 orbiter launched at 1100 GMT from Xichang, a location in the southwestern province of Sichuan. "China Central Television briefly showed images of the rocket blasting off into the night sky--a few seconds after lift-off--before...

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2010-09-28 12:03:12

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. The official China Daily reported that a launch rocket carrying the Chang'e-2 has been set up in the southwestern province of Sichuan. It said that chief program engineers have arrived at the satellite launch center in the city of Xichang to carry out final tests.  The launch could take place on October 1,...

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2010-09-21 10:35:00

The recent discovery of water on the Moon may have a serious impact on future plans for lunar based astronomy.  Space scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have calculated that the scattering caused by molecules vaporized in sunlight could heavily distort observations from telescopes mounted on the Moon. "Last year, scientists discovered a fine dew of water covering the Moon. This water vaporizes in sunlight and is then broken down by ultraviolet radiation, forming hydrogen and...

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2010-09-10 11:25:00

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. People's Daily said, citing Wu Weiren, a senior engineer overseeing the program, that preparations for the launch of the Chang'e-2 probe are going smoothly. The paper said that the Chang'e-2 mission "is currently undergoing pre-launch testing and preparations -- the plan is to carry out a trial flight mission by the end of...

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2009-11-27 11:10:00

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. The Chang'e 2 probe is a more advanced version of the Chang'e 1 that had a controlled collision with the moon in March, ending a 16-month mission. According to the official China Daily newspaper, designer Ye Peijian said that Chang'e 2 will orbit 60 miles closer to the moon than the first probe, which was launched in 2007, and will...

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2009-09-29 11:40:00

China on Monday reported the completion of its three-dimensional map of the moon's surface. The move represents another step in China's eventual goal of putting a man on the surface of the moon. In 2003, China became the first nation to send an astronaut into space. Since then, it has created the goal of launching an unmanned rover to the lunar surface by 2012 and a manned mission to the moon by 2020. China said it used data from the Chang'e 1, the nation's first lunar probe, launched in...

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2009-07-09 08:50:00

China is planning to send its first woman into space as early as 2012, the state media announced on Thursday. Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, joined the program in 2003 and is now responsible for finding new recruits for their space program. "I believe Chinese women will soon be seen in space," said Yang during a webchat. Sui Guosheng, a recruitment officer with the Chinese Air Force, said the female astronaut is expected to go into space in 2012. The potential female astronauts would...

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2009-03-02 06:30:00

On Sunday, China ended a 16-month lunar mission by intentionally crashing its probe into the moon. According to Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 1 lunar satellite collided with the moon mid-afternoon Beijing time. The Chang'e 1, which is named for the moon goddess, was under remote control by two observation stations in east China's Qingdao and Kashgar, a small city in northwest China. The lunar probe surveyed the surface of the moon using stereo radar. Originally launched in October 2007, the...

2009-03-01 21:44:23

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....


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