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2011-02-21 11:35:00

State media reported on Monday that China's first Mars probe will be launched from a Russian rocket in November, two years later than originally planned. The state-run China Daily reported, citing comments from a China Academy of Space Technology official, that China's Mars explorer marks the country's first attempt at deep space exploration after sending a probe to the moon. According to previous reports, the 240-pound micro-satellite was originally due to blast off in October 2009 with...

2010-11-08 10:50:00

On Monday, China is reported to have released photos that its lunar probe took of the spot the nation picked out for its first landing on the moon. The National Space Administration said in a statement that the photos of the moon's surface were taken at the end of last month by the Chang'e-2 unmanned probe. The probe was launched October 1 and went into orbit eight days later.  It was expected to first circle the moon at a distance of 62 miles, and then drop into orbit just 9...

2010-10-10 07:15:00

China's second lunar probe entered the moon's orbit Saturday, three years after its first successful lunar probe launch, which remained in orbit for 16 months. The news, reported by Chinese state media, comes just eight days after the Long March 3C rocket carrying the Chang'e-2 probe blasted off from its launch center. The probe will begin "scientific exploration activities soon," said the Xinhua news agency, quoting the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. The probe will first circle the...

2009-11-27 11:10:00

China is planning to launch its second lunar probe next October to get ready for an unmanned moon landing by the end of 2012, state-run media reported on Friday. The Chang'e 2 probe is a more advanced version of the Chang'e 1 that had a controlled collision with the moon in March, ending a 16-month mission. According to the official China Daily newspaper, designer Ye Peijian said that Chang'e 2 will orbit 60 miles closer to the moon than the first probe, which was launched in 2007, and will...

2009-03-01 21:44:23

China's first unmanned lunar probe reached the moon's surface Sunday, completing its 16-month mission, Chinese sources said. Sources with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense did not say how fast the orbiter, called Chang'e-1 -- named for a legendary Chinese moon goddess -- was traveling at impact, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The orbiter sent its first full map of the moon's surface back to China one month after it was launched Oct....

2005-12-29 21:00:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - A manned Chinese mission to the moon is still a long way off, a state newspaper said on Friday. "Sending a man to the moon? It would be a one-way ticket if we do it now, given the thrust of our rockets at present is not strong enough," the China Daily quoted Luan Enjie, head of the country's lunar exploration programme, as saying. Planning for China's lunar exploration project has been underway since early 2004. China launched its first man into space in 2003, and in...

2004-11-29 12:00:17

China to accomplish lunar probe program in 13 years: chief lunarscientist BO'AO, Hainan, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- China is now capable of probing the moon and will complete an unmanned lunar probe programin 13 years. These remarks were made by Ouyang Ziyuan, the program's chief scientist, at the ongoing annual conference of China Association of Science and Technology held in Bo'ao, southernmost Hainan Province, on Sunday. There will be no copy of the unmanned lunar probe program, which...

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