Second Chinese Lunar Probe Launched

By Bradley Perrett

BEIJING — China will validate a range of technologies with its recently launched second lunar probe, including the landing of a camera on the surface of the Moon and control of a spacecraft by X-band communications.

The Chang’e 2 probe, reportedly built as a backup for the 2007 Chang’e 1 spacecraft and inserted into the Chinese lunar program because it happened to be available, ...

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