Scheduled To Send Photos Of Moon's Surface In November
All of China's lunar probe Chang'e-1
systems are A-OK, according to Chinese officials.
The probe's high and low energy solar particle detectors were
functioning routinely, according to China View.
The probe is currently moving on a 24-hour orbit with an apogee
of 43,500 miles after it entered the orbit following its second
orbital transfer Friday, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control
Chang'e-1 has traveled more than 310,685 miles so far. It has to
travel a total of 987,980 miles before it reaches the moon orbit as
planned, said Ji Gang, an engineer of monitoring and controlling
branch of the moon probe program.
The VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) beaconing machine
on board the satellite started operation in the early hours on
Saturday, and China's four ground monitoring stations with the
application of the VLBI, or "Very Long Baseline Interferometry",
technology are monitoring Chang'e-1, the BACC said.
The VLBI technology helps to reduce the time needed for orbit
determination, according to Ji.
Ji said the probe will stay on the 24-hour orbit before it moves
further from the earth to a 48-hour orbit on October 29, which runs
more than 161,556 miles.
The satellite is expected to fly to the moon and it is planned
to arrive in the moon's orbit on November 5.
As ANN reported, Chang'e-1
blasted off on a Long March 3A carrier rocket at 6:05 p.m.
Wednesday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the
southwestern province of Sichuan.
The satellite will relay its first pictures of the moon in late
November and will then continue scientific explorations of natural
resources of the moon for a year.