Saturday, October 17, 2009

China's Moon Plans

Aviation Week has an online article discussing the Chinese space agency's plans for manned and unmanned lunar exploration. The manned plans do not yet have government approval. The approval status of the unmanned missions is not mentioned.

The next step in Chinese lunar exploration will be the Chang'e 2 orbiter a year from now that will image the moon at 10 m resolution. Chang'e 3 will land a rover (no date given), while a mission late in this coming decade will return a lunar sample.

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