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1. Chang'E 2 launches to the Moon

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

Congratulations to China! Chang'E 2 successfully lifted off at 10:59:57 UTC today, October 1, 2010 aboard a Long March 3C rocket. Unlike its predecessor, Chang'E 2 rocketed directly to a lunar transfer orbit and will arrive at the Moon...

Description: Chang'E 2 launches to the Moon

2. Chang'E 2 update: in orbit and returning data

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

From Yong-Chun Zheng at National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences have come several updates on the status of China's second lunar orbiter, Chang'E 2. Chang'E 2 launched successfully on October 1 at 10:59:57 UTC. ...

Description: Chang'E 2 update: in orbit and returning data

3. First pictures from Chang'E 2 released

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

The following was sent to the Lunar Listserv by Yong-Chun Zheng, an associate professor at the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences. I thought it provided useful information and a perspective from within Chin...

Description: First pictures from Chang'E 2 released

4. China to launch Chang'E 2 on Friday, October 1

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

Via the Lunar Listserv this morning I learned of the impending launch of a new lunar orbiter, Chang'E 2, planned for this Friday, October 1, from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan. If I understand things correctly, most of the ...

Description: China to launch Chang'E 2 on Friday, October 1

5. Chang'e 2: The Full Story

(Web Page; Fri Feb 22 17:00:00 CST 2013)

Editor's note: this is an update on Chang'e 2, China's second lunar orbiter. The spacecraft left the moon last year for the Earth-Sun L2 point, and is now heading towards asteroid Toutatis. The story of the tracking of the Chang'e 2 pro...

Description: An update on China's second lunar orbiter, Chang'e 2, which is now heading for asteroid Toutatis.

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

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

Here are a few photos of Chang'E 2 meeting its launch vehicle in Xichang, which I got from this lovely slide show. It's a beautiful view of the spacecraft. I don't see any obvious lump or bump that could be a probe or impactor mounted ...

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

7. Chang'E 2 update: primary mission successful

(Web Page; Sat Sep 14 12:27:00 CDT 2013)

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. Chang'e 2 completed its six-month nominal mission on April 1, and there were a couple of news storie...

Description: 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.

8. Update on yesterday's post about Chang'E 2 going to Toutatis

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 16:13:00 CDT 2012)

EDIT 11:54 am: I made some important corrections to this blog post based on helpful comments from "bcat" below. I have a couple of updates on my post from yesterday. First, I received an email from minor planet tracker Bill Gray, who in...

Description: I have a couple of updates on my post from yesterday: confirmation that Chang'E 2 is indeed gone from L2, and more specifics on encounter dates with Toutatis.

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

(Web Page; Sat Sep 13 19:18:00 CDT 2014)

Recently, the Chinese Space agency released a global map of the Moon with a zoomable interface that would be familiar to anyone who uses popular terrestrial online maps like Google Maps, Yahoo Maps or Bing Maps. You click on the map or u...

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

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

(Web Page; Sat Oct 19 12:40:00 CDT 2013)

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. Previously I've...

Description: 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.

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