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China launched the Chang'e-2 lunar mission

The satellite is scheduled to reach the moon within five days and so far, all telemetry systems show that everything is working fine.

The launch of the chang'e 2 spacecraft
The launch of the chang'e 2 spacecraft

China has successfully launched its second spacecraft to orbit the moon and photograph it, Changya-2. A Long March 3C rocket took off from the Xichang Launch Center on October 1, Chinese Independence Day, at 13:00 p.m. Israel time.

The satellite is scheduled to reach the moon within five days and so far, all telemetry systems show that everything is working fine. It will take some time for the spacecraft to reach its circular orbit 100 kilometers above the lunar surface. The lap mission will last about five months. The Chinese say that at some point the spacecraft will also approach to a distance of 15 kilometers above the surface to take pictures of potential landing sites for the Chang'e-3 spacecraft, the next Chinese spacecraft to land a robotic all-terrain vehicle on the lunar surface and which is planned for 2013.

Shenja-2 will be used to test technologies and serve as a relay for subsequent landings. China hopes to launch another robotic spacecraft to the moon within the decade to return soil samples to Earth and eventually land humans on the moon.

For the first time in Chinese history, citizens were allowed to watch the launch, although a limited number of tickets were sold for $119 each. Unfortunately for the spectators, heavy cloud cover obscured the sight of the rocket speeding up shortly after launch.

The Shenja-1 spacecraft was launched in 2007 and orbited the moon for 16 months before it smashed into his face.

In another context - yesterday the decision was made within the framework of the International Astronautical Congress closed in Prague, that the 63rd convention will be held in 2013 in Beijing, the capital of China.

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  1. L 5: It's not really their stupidity! Their budgets have been brutally cut for years... it's a miracle they still exist.

  2. Although I did not watch the movie, I saw several "proofs" that they never landed on the moon. They included the fact that the flag is supposed to be waving in the wind - completely ignoring the fact that a stick was put there to hold it up. The second "proof" I saw was that it couldn't have been someone taking pictures of Neal getting off the deck, but that also ignores the fact that there was a camera on another part of the deck.

  3. Ami:
    By saying that you hope that this time there will be no doubt about the contamination of the sample from a terrestrial source, are you implying that in the past there have been soil samples from the moon that they did not know if they were contaminated?
    If so - are you ready to provide evidence for this claim?

  4. Those Chinese... may they be healthy. It's really great to think that already in 2013 they will land on the moon again to collect samples. I really hope that the choice of the landing site will be correct and that they will take care to take out samples in a particularly smart way. Let there be no doubts at all this time about the contamination of the sample from a national source and of course the material will be shared by everyone (and not just the Chinese). A real space powerhouse - good luck

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