China launches second lunar probe


China on Friday launched its second lunar probe, state television showed — the next step in its ambitious plans to become the second country to put a man on the moon.

A Long March 3C rocket carrying the Chang’e-2, which will go into orbit within 15 kilometres (nine miles) of the moon, blasted off from the launch centre in Xichang city in southwestern Sichuan province, CCTV reported.