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Chang'e-2 Setting New Record in Deep Space Exploration
SOURCE: China Space News     UPDATED: 2013-01-11

BEIJING, Jan. 8 (China Space News) — China's lunar probe Chang'e-2 had traveled more than 10 million km into space by January 5, becoming China's furthest spacecraft from Earth.

Developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Chang'e-2 was launched on Oct. 1, 2010 from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

Its predecessor Chang'e-1 only flew for 380,000 km into space. Chang'e-2's flight of 10 million km in its prolonged service is the farthest that a Chinese spacecraft has ever achieved.

Since its blast-off, Chang'e 2 has broken many records. It was the first spacecraft to capture a full-image map of the moon and it was the first to closely observe the asteroid Toutatis.