Chang'E-2 is another Chinese lunar probe that was launched on 1 October 2010. It was a follow-up to the Chang'E-1 lunar probe, which was launched in 2007. Chang'E-2 was part of the Second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, and conducted research from a 100-kilometer-high lunar orbit in preparation for a 2013 soft landing by the Chang'E-3 spacecraft. Chang'E-2 was similar in design to Chang'E-1, although it featured some technical improvements, including a more advanced onboard camera with a resolution of one meter. Like its predecessor, the probe was named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, Chang’E. After completing its primary objective, the probe left lunar orbit for the Earth-Sun Lagrangian point L2, to test the Chinese tracking and control network, making the China National Space Administration the third space agency after NASA and ESA to have visited this point. It entered orbit around L2 on 25 August 2011, and is expected to remain there until the end of 2012.
The high resolution image of Sinus Iridium taken by Chang’E-2 CCD camera
The high resolution image of Daniell crater taken by Chang’E-2 CCD camera