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Chang'E 2 has departed Earth's neighborhood for...asteroid Toutatis!?

Emily Lakdawalla • June 14, 2012 • 1

According to a Chinese spaceflight forum, Chang'E program chief scientist Ouyang Ziyuan recently announced that Chang'E 2 has departed the Sun-Earth L2 point and is now en route to asteroid 4179 Toutatis!

Comparing Chang'e 2 and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter maps of the Moon

Phil Stooke • February 13, 2012 • 2

How does the LRO lunar map compare with the new Chinese product from Chang'e 2?

Chang'E 2 is on its way to Sun-Earth L2

Emily Lakdawalla • June 16, 2011

According to an article published a week ago by the Xinhua news service, Chang'E 2 departed the Moon on June 9 at 09:10 UTC. It's now headed toward a Lagrangian point in space, but not the one I thought it was headed for.

Chang'E 2 to depart for L2 on June 16

Emily Lakdawalla • May 18, 2011

According to a story posted on xinmin.xn and run through Google Translate, there's now been an official announcement from China about Chang'e 2's extended mission: it will depart lunar orbit in mid-June and journey to L2.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: What's up in the second quarter of 2011

Emily Lakdawalla • April 07, 2011

Regular readers of this blog will find the content of today's 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast familiar, because it's an update on what the solar system exploration spacecraft are up to, based on my monthly "what's up" updates.

Chang'E 2 update: primary mission successful

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2011

For months I've had no information about China's Chang'e 2 lunar orbiter for my monthly "What's Up" updates, and that's finally changed.

What's up in the solar system in March 2011

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2011

I don't think there's any question what the big event of this month will be: MESSENGER is finally, finally entering orbit at Mercury on March 18 at 00:45 UTC (March 17 at 16:45 for me).

Five amazing engineering camera videos from Chang'E 2

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2010

I couldn't believe these videos when I first saw them: five views from engineering cameras of important events in the Chang'E 2 spacecraft's journey to the Moon.

First pictures from Chang'E 2 released

Yong-Chun Zheng • November 12, 2010

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced the success of Chang'E-2 lunar mission on Monday. Yong-Chun Zheng, an associate professor at the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, presents the mission's first released pictures.

Chang'E 2 launches in less than 24 hours, weather permitting

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

Here are a few photos of Chang'E 2 meeting its launch vehicle in Xichang. It's a beautiful view of the spacecraft.

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