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2011-Jun-10, 06:30 PM
On June 9, Chang’e-2, China’s second Moon orbiter, left our nearest astronomical neighborhood and headed out into the solar system. It had successfully completed its missions by April 1 and, thanks to its longevity, had enough fuel in reserve to continue exploring. According to the SASTIND, making the trip into outer space from the Moon’s [...]

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2012-Jun-15, 02:35 PM
Thought it might be better to add to this thread rather than starting a new thread.

It seems that the Chang'e 2 spacecraft has left L2, and there are suggestions that it could be heading for the asteroid Toutatis. This would be very interesting if true.

Emily Lakdawalla over at the planetary society has more information, including a video (in Chinese :-( ) of a presentation by Chang'E program chief scientist Ouyang Ziyuan. http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/20120614-change-2-toutatis.html

Kullat Nunu
2012-Dec-16, 09:40 PM
Well, they were right (http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/12141551-change-2-imaging-of-toutatis.html)! What a cool surprise. The asteroid clearly looks like a collection of smaller chunks stuck together.