Chang’e-2 enters final working orbit around the moon.

Chang’e-2 has now entered into its final 118 min orbit and formally starts its mission of mapping the moon and preparing the way for Chang’e-3.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-10/09/c_13548648.htm

Chang’e-2, following instructions from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC), started the third braking at 11:17 a.m. and entered the 118-minute, round working orbit 15 minutes later, changing the satellite’s apolune from 1,825 km to about 100 km, the BACC said. The satellite will begin scientific exploration activities soon.

Chang’e-2 lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Oct. 1. The moon probe completed its first braking on Wednesday and the second on Friday.

 

 

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    […] Chang’e-2 entered into its final 118 min orbit and formally started its mission of mapping the moon and preparing the way for Chang’e-3 on October 9th. […]

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