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2009-02-25 10:50:00

China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense will be taking contributions from qualified institutions, such as universities, to help build the nation's first lunar probe, which is expected to land on the moon by 2012, according to the Guangming Daily newspaper. Since becoming the third nation to put a man into space as of October 2003, China has continued to step up its efforts in space, which include plans to reach the moon. The country hopes to put...

2008-08-19 09:00:56

Partial elipse to test China's lunar probe TIANJIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's first lunar probe satellite, Chang'e 1, will have its solar energy supply tested on Sunday, when the earth eclipses the sun. This will be the satellite's second such challenge this year, after it successfully ran on battery power for two hours during a full eclipse on Feb. 21. Sunday's eclipse would occur between 3:35 a.m. and 6:44 a.m., when the satellite would be hidden from the solar rays and switch to...

2008-08-19 09:00:00

China's solar-powered lunar probe satellite Chang'e 1 stood the test of a partial eclipse on Sunday as scientists altered its orbit and temporarily turning off some facilities. Based on the signals sent by the satellite after the eclipse, the Chang'e 1 was operating as expected, Monday's Beijing News quoted Liu Junze, of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC), as saying. The ground control center changed the orbit of the satellite to shorten the time it was out of direct sunlight to...

2008-08-16 15:00:14

Chang'e 1, China's first lunar probe satellite, will be tested Sunday when the moon creates a partial eclipse of the sun, officials say. Zijinshan (Purple Mountain) Astronomical Observatory research fellow Wang Sichao said when the eclipse blocks most sunlight from reaching the solar-powered satellite for more than three hours, Chang'e 1 will be forced to operate entirely off its battery supply, China's official state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported Saturday. "The moon's shadow, also a...

2008-08-04 09:00:47

China to release 700 hours of Chang'e-1 data BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- China will release over 700 hours of data sent back by the Chang'e-1 satellite to domestic authorized users and the European Space Agency, according to the State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) on Friday. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, the country's first moon probe satellite had sent back more than 700 hours of data to two ground receiving stations, one in Miyun County on...

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2008-04-18 00:10:00

A team of researchers with the European Space Agency has proven that marigolds are able to grow out of crushed rock similar in composure to the surface of the moon. The new research, presented at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) meeting in Vienna, has some experts hoping that it carries implications of future human habitation.Bernard Foing, a senior scientist with the European Space Research and Technology Centre (Estec) in the Netherlands, said that learning to grow plants on the Moon...

2007-12-03 16:23:19

BEIJING (AP) - China's space program has defended a photo of the moon's surface taken by its lunar probe as authentic, dismissing critics who suggested it had been copied from a similar image captured by a U.S. orbiter. China last week presented the first picture taken by its Chang'e 1 lunar probe at a gala ceremony attended by Premier Wen Jiabao, part of the ruling Communist Party's program of using the space program to instill national pride. However, critics posting on Chinese-language...

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2007-11-01 16:05:00

BEIJING -- Over a few short months, Japan, China, and India will all have lunar probes orbiting the moon, sparking talk of a new space race in Asia. China, for one, takes exception at that characterization. On Thursday, a top official in its secretive military-backed lunar explorer program defended the probe launched last week as an innovation that is part of a future wave of cooperation, not competition, in outer space. "It's all peaceful," said Pei Zhaoyu, assistant director of the Lunar...

2007-10-23 20:07:18

HONG KONG -- A Chinese submarine will send test signals that could change the course of a satellite when China launches its first moon orbiter, as part of the country's effort to develop space war technology, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said two survey ships are deployed in the South Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean to send signals to maneuver the lunar exploration satellite, expected to be launched Wednesday. At the...

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2007-10-05 06:15:50

TOKYO -- Japan put its first satellite into orbit around the moon Friday, placing the country a step ahead of China and India in an increasingly heated space race in Asia. The probe was set into lunar orbit after completing a complicated navigational maneuver late Thursday, space agency officials said. The probe will gradually move into orbit closer to the surface to the moon before conducting a yearlong observational mission. "We believe this is a big step," said project manager Yoshisada...