China's moon probe enters 100 km 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.

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