China to launch second lunar probe 'Chang'e-2' by October.
According to China Daily, the probe is likely to blast off from the No 2 launch pad on October 1 this year.
Chang'e-2 would test key soft-landing technologies for the Chang'e-3 and provide high-resolution photographs of the landing area, space authorities said.
"It is estimated Chang'e-2 can reach lunar orbit within five days, compared to 13 days, 14 hours and 19 minutes for Chang'e-1," the paper quoted Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist at the China Lunar Exploration Project, as saying.
Chang'e-2 will also orbit 100 kilometres closer to the moon and carry a higher resolution camera, he added.
China launched its first lunar probe, Chang'e-1, named after China's mythical Moon Goddess, on October 24, 2007. Its 16-month mission ended on March 1, 2009, when it crashed into the moon's surface.
According to China's three-phase moon exploration road map, the country will launch the Chang'e-2 lunar orbiter and then land Chang'e-3 on the moon in 2013. It is hoped that a sample of moon rock can be brought back to Earth in 2017. (ANI)
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