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Lunar explorers to be guided by Sheshan telescope

Asia's biggest radio telescope, to be used in tracking China's lunar probes, will be erected next September at Sheshan Hill in suburban Shanghai.

The telescope will be as large as eight basketball courts with a diameter of 65 meters and height of 70 meters, making it the fourth largest in the world.

It will greatly enhance China's ability to position space probes and assist the flights of Chang'e III or the third phase of the country's lunar exploration program.

Chang'e II, the second unmanned moon probe, was launched on October 1 this year. It is testing key technologies and collecting data for the future launches of Chang'e III and Chang'e IV.


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