Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-2 (China's second lunar probe) - Long March 3C - October 1, 2010  (Read 217206 times)

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CCTV replaying the launch, which they messed up on the live coverage.

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Nine minutes to s/c sep.

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And live again. Looks like they've acquired signal from one of their tracking stations out at sea

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Third stage ignition for transfer to Lunar transfer orbit. The third stage should burn for 2.5 minutes.

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Into the final burn

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Image from Xinhua

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Everything looks good at this time.

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Go for the Moon!

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More launch images

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Chang'e-2 on its way to the Moon!!!

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Third stage cutoff and sepparation. Tracking saying everything is still good so far. Go for the Moon!

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Big attitude change for s/c sep

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And sep.

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Well done China.

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thanks everybody for the updates & screenshots
Greetings from Belgium

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About five days to Lunar orbital insertion burn.

Great start to the Nationa Day Holiday! What fun!

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According to CCTV interviews Chang'e-2 is now under the control of the Beijing Space Center. Orbital apogee is about 300,000 km. Up to three possible orbital trajectory corrections may occur. International cooperation with ESA ground station is important for tracking. Discussion of China building and testing deep space tracking network.

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