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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.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) launched a second lunar exploration probe on Friday, bringing their country's emerging space program one step closer to fulfilling their goal of placing a man on the moon.
State media reported Tuesday that China is making final preparations to launch its second lunar probe, possibly as soon as Friday, when the country marks 61 years of communist rule.
The recent discovery of water on the Moon may have a serious impact on future plans for lunar based astronomy.
State media said Friday that China is set to launch its second lunar satellite by year's end, as the country pursues its plans for a manned mission to the moon by 2020.
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 on Monday reported the completion of its three-dimensional map of the moonâ€™s surface.
China is planning to send its first woman into space as early as 2012, the state media announced on Thursday.
On Sunday, China ended a 16-month lunar mission by intentionally crashing its probe into the moon.
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.