January 12, 2010

To Infinity and Beyond

Kanyon loves Buzz Lightyear. No Buzz Lightyear here, just another trip to the moon. Can't wait to be around the students to see their reaction to this newest rocket launch. The first one stirred a lot of pride amongst the students and rightfully so!

Second moon probe next year1 (December 29, 2009, China Daily)
China plans to launch Chang'e-2, the country's second lunar probe, at the end of 2010, space authorities announced yesterday. The design and production of Chang'e-2 is complete, and the lunar orbiter is undergoing ground tests, the State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense said yesterday in a news release. Chang'e-2 is expected to test the soft-landing technological capability for the Chang'e-3 and provide high-resolution images of the landing area, the administration said. "Progress on six key technologies of Chang'e-2 has been made, including the lunar capture, orbit control and research on high-resolution stereo camera," the administration's spokesman said. Ye Peijian, chief designer of the nation's first lunar probe, had told China Daily earlier that the launch was expected in October.

1 ZGBriefs for December 31, 2009

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