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China is on track to next space mission

China is on track to next space mission

China is on track 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, state media said Friday.
Preparations for the launch of the Chang'e-2 probe, which will go into orbit within 15km (nine miles) of the moon, are going smoothly, People's Daily said, citing Wu Weiren, a senior engineer overseeing the program. 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 the year," the paper quoted Wu as saying.
Space program officials had said previously that the mission would be launched in October. The lunar probe will test soft-landing and other technologies in preparation for the launch of the Chang'e-3, which is slated for launch in 2013 and aims to be China's first unmanned landing on the moon, the report said.


Updated : 2020-12-06 01:54 GMT+08:00