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China to the Moon - Chang'e 1 and 2, Chinese unmanned lunar orbiters
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post Oct 1 2010, 11:25 AM
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Live launch coverage (in english) from CCTV seems to show a successful launch for Chang'e 2. Launch and booster sep all on time.
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post Oct 1 2010, 01:49 PM
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More infos from Spaceflightnow.com: http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1010/01change2launch/


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post Oct 1 2010, 05:46 PM
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Watching launch on Emily's bog: http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00002693/ , I can't believe the guy realy press the button to make the lift off happen! I'd say that's for show up purposes instead. What do you think?


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post Oct 1 2010, 05:58 PM
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Listening to that tv-host is hilarious. So clueless... rolleyes.gif
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post Oct 1 2010, 08:21 PM
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There is an interesting sentence in the Spaceflight Now page:

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Officials are considering three scenarios for Chang'e 2's overtime, including sending the spacecraft away from the moon and into deep space, giving Chinese engineers practice in operations further from Earth.


This remembers me of Clementine, the lunar orbiter that was to encounter two asteroids in deep space...


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post Oct 6 2010, 01:18 AM
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TCM-2 and TCM-3 canceled. LOI is expected in 1.5 hours.
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post Oct 6 2010, 01:22 AM
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Good shooting! smile.gif Thanks for the update, Yaohua.


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post Oct 6 2010, 03:25 AM
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Interesting. I sure hope that works out.
I'm quite eager to see new images from the lunar surface.


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post Oct 6 2010, 04:17 AM
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The 490-Newton thrust main engine started at 03:05:59 UTC, burned for 1942 seconds. Chang'e 2 is now in lunar orbit at an altitude of 100 km.
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post Oct 6 2010, 04:30 AM
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Congratulations to CSNA & the people of China! smile.gif


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post Oct 6 2010, 01:40 PM
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QUOTE (yaohua2000 @ Oct 5 2010, 11:17 PM) *
The 490-Newton thrust main engine started at 03:05:59 UTC, burned for 1942 seconds. Chang'e 2 is now in lunar orbit at an altitude of 100 km.

To be precise, Chang'2 entered a preliminary 12-hour orbit. Two more adjustments are needed before it reaches the 100-km working orbit.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/chin.../c_13544216.htm
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post Oct 25 2010, 03:55 PM
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Chang-e 2 has been operating in its 100 km circular orbit for a while, probably testing its instruments and maybe collecting some data. Yesterday it began testing the camera system, and tomorrow it will drop into its 100 by 15 km low pass over Sinus Iridum for the first time.

This from a report in the People's Daily today.

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post Oct 25 2010, 04:51 PM
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Link please Phil?


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post Oct 25 2010, 05:09 PM
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Sorry!

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90881/7176368.html
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post Oct 27 2010, 03:57 AM
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http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90881/7178577.html

The spacecraft is in its 100 by 15 km orbit and will image Sinus Iridum tomorrow (Wednesday)

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