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New telescope at Sheshan will track Chang'e-3

A 65-METER-HIGH radio telescope will be erected in 2012 at the foot of Sheshan Hill in Shanghai's west to track lunar orbitors such as the Chang'e-3 in China's moon exploration program.

Shanghai Institute for Space Propulsion is using a facility called VLBI or Very Long Baseline Interferometry to track the Chang'e-1, working together with the other four centers in Beijing, Yunnan Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, today's Shanghai Morning Post reported, citing local astronomical researchers.

The 25-meter-high VLBI is also at the foot of Shenshan Hill.

China planned to launch the Chang'e-2, the country's second lunar probe, at the end of this year to test key soft landing technologies for the Chang'e-3 and provide high-resolution photo images of the landing area.

Chang'e-2 and Chang'e-3 are part of the second phase of the country's lunar exploration program.

The Chang'e-1 lunar probe was launched in October 2007 as the first step of China's three-stage moon mission.


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