Second Moon Probe Next Year

From China Daily:

China plans to launch Chang’e-2, the country’s second lunar probe, at the end of 2010, space authorities announced yesterday.

The design and production of Chang’e-2 is complete, and the lunar orbiter is undergoing ground tests, the State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense said yesterday in a news release.

Chang’e-2 is expected to test the soft-landing technological capability for the Chang’e-3 and provide high-resolution images of the landing area, the administration said.

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