China`s moon probe enters 100 km lunar orbit

China`s 2nd unmanned lunar probe, Chang`e-II, today successfully completed its third & final braking.

Beijing: China`s second unmanned lunar probe, Chang`e-II, today successfully completed its third and final, braking, which allowed the satellite to enter a 100 km-high lunar orbit.

Following instructions from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC), Chang`e-II started the third braking at 11:17 am (local time) 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 satellite will begin scientific exploration activities soon, Xinhua news agency reported. Chang`e-II lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China`s Sichuan Province, on October 1, the BACC said.

The moon probe completed its first braking on Wednesday and the second yesterday.

PTI

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