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China's Chang'e-6 lunar probe ready for launch after final rehearsal


 , Updated 20:58, 01-May-2024

China's Chang'e-6 lunar probe is ready to be launched after it completed a final systematic joint rehearsal on Wednesday. Different departments including the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan Province, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center, the Xi'an Satellite Control Center, and the Yuanwang space-tracking ship participated.

The flight is scheduled for launch on May 3, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Wednesday.

The rehearsal was conducted to ensure smooth cooperation between the different organizations during the launch of the probe. 

A Long March 5 carrier rocket, with the 8.2-metric-tonne Chang'e 6 probe on top, was moved on Saturday morning to its launch tower at the Wenchang Space Launch Center.

Before Wednesday's rehearsal, the launch site had already organized and completed a series of tests, including technical testing and fueling.

The launch site also organized a pre-launch meteorological consultation for the mission as Wenchang is transitioning from a dry to rainy season. The meteorological system also initiated simulation exercises in advance and has strengthened the monitoring of data related to thunderstorms and heavy precipitation in the launch site area and its surroundings. 

Additionally, they are closely monitoring the changes in the shallow wind field around important buildings.

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