China will send its Chang’e 2 lunar probe to the second Sun-Earth Lagrangian point next month, laying groundwork for Martian missions. The opportunity to send Chang’e 2 into deep space from Earth has resulted from the good condition of the spacecraft as it approaches the end of its lunar observation mission, says the China Academy of Sciences. “We made this choice because the instruments aboard Chang’e 2 are normal, the spacecraft’s remaining life is still long and its remaining fuel ...

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