China readies to launch 2nd lunar probeoracle_of_power (750351) writes "Beijing, China (CNN) — China will evacuate more than 2,000 residents, as it prepares to launch the nation's second lunar probe, state-run media said Wednesday.
The Chang'e-2 lunar probe is to be launched on or around China's National Day, which falls on October 1, China Daily said.
Residents within 2.5 kilometers of the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest province of Sichuan will be evacuated as a precaution.
The lunar probe will test key landing technology for Chang'e-3, and provide high-resolution photographs of the landing area, China Daily said, citing space officials. Chang'e-2 is expected to reach lunar orbit within five days."
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