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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.
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.
Chinaâ€™s second lunar probe entered the moonâ€™s orbit Saturday, three years after its first successful lunar probe launch, which remained in orbit for 16 months.
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.
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.
A manned Chinese mission to the moon is still a long way off, a state newspaper said on Friday.
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.