First pics from Chang'e 2 - MyMoon

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On Monday, the Chinese space program released the first image of the Moon from the Chang'e 2 orbiter. The image is centered on an interesting looking crater that has a few large, wide cracks running along the floor. The image can be seen below. China's Chang'e 2 orbiter follows the Chang'e 1 orbiter. The Chang'e 1 orbiter launched in October 2007 and conducted a 16-month moon observation mission, after which it crash-landed on the lunar surface by design, in March 2009. The Chang'e 2 orbiter is looking for possible landing sites for the Chang'e 3 rover, which is scheduled to land on the moon in 2013. The Chang'e spacecraft are named after a mythical Chinese Moon goddess. inline image
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