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Chang'e 2 (CE 2)

Chang'e 2 [Sina News]

Chang'e 2 is China's second lunar orbiter project. Chang'e 2 was originally built as the back up to Chang'e 1, but was outfitted with improved instruments for a launch in 2010.

Chang'e 2 features cameras with an improved resolution of 10 meter at 100 km altitude and 1.5 meter at 15 km altitude. Gamma-ray and x-ray spectroscopy is employed to study the content of the lunar surface.

Chang'e 2 had finished its mission in lunar orbit on 1. April 2011. On 9. June 2011, Chang'e 2 left lunar orbit and entered a course to the Sun-Earth Lagrangian Point L2 for engineering tests.

Afrter this, Chang'e 2 set a course to asteroid (4179) Toutatis, where it made a successful fly-by on 12. December 2012.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Lunar orbiter
Contractors: CAST
Configuration: DFH-3A Bus
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 6 months
Mass: 2480 kg
Orbit: 15 km × 100 km lunar orbit
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Chang'e 2 (CE 2) 2010-050A 01.10.2010 Xi LC-2 CZ-3C


  • CAST Website