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2005-08-15 22:35:00

BEIJING -- China plans to launch its first unmanned lunar flight by 2007 in a three-phase mission that aims to bring back rock samples, state media said on Tuesday. In the second stage, a lunar vehicle would land on the moon by 2012 and by 2017 the rock samples could be collected, the report said quoting aerospace officials. "Scientists hope to get to know the moon's environment and analyze the composition of lunar rocks," the China Daily quoted Luan Enjie, chief commander of China's lunar...

2005-06-08 13:25:00

ESA -- Thanks to measurements by the D-CIXS X-ray spectrometer, ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft has made the first ever unambiguous remote-sensing detection of calcium on the Moon. SMART-1 is currently performing the verification and calibration of its instruments, while it runs along its science orbit, reaching 450 kilometres from the Moon at its closest distance. During this calibration phase, which precedes the actual science observations phase, the SMART-1 scientists are getting acquainted with...

2005-05-24 07:10:00

NASA plans to put a laser in orbit around the Moon to map its surface for future explorers. Science@NASA -- Imagine trekking in a lunar rover across miles of the Moon's rough surface. Your mission: to explore a crater with suspected deposits of ice. In every direction, the gray terrain looks more or less the same. Wouldn't want to get lost in this place! you think to yourself. You arrive where the rover's digital map says the crater should be ... but it's not there! In a flash, you realize...

2005-05-18 20:54:20

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's space agency said Wednesday it plans to launch a satellite carrying X-ray telescopes into Earth's orbit as early as next month to study black holes and far-flung galaxies. The launch of the Astro-EII satellite was planned between June 26 and July 15 but could be delayed until August, said the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, in a statement on its Web site. JAXA said the satellite will carry five X-ray telescopes - which detect traces of light - to study the...

2005-04-06 09:15:00

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's space agency mapped out a new, ambitious plan for manned flights to the moon by 2025 as a first step to explore the solar system's farflung planets, but said decisions about whether it would go it alone or collaborate with other nations won't be made for another decade. The proposal unveiled Wednesday by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, marks the agency's first attempt in years to rethink its missions and rejuvenate a space program that has been hobbled by...

2005-03-01 07:16:01

ESA -- "Walking on the moon" is a song evoking one of mankind's earliest dreams. In July 1969 it became reality when, stepping out of his Lunar Module, Neil Armstrong pronounced the now historic words: 'One small step for man but a giant leap for mankind.' Today another lunar exploration mission is paving the way for a return to the Moon. Launched from Kourou in September 2003, the European Space Agency's SMART-1 satellite started orbiting the Moon last November. "Our objective is to...

2005-02-28 07:00:00

TOKYO -- Joining a swelling group of countries shooting for the moon, Japan is considering a plan to establish a manned lunar base by 2025, officials said Tuesday. Officials at Japan's space agency, JAXA, confirmed the mission was under consideration, but said the plan is still being fleshed out and has yet to be formally accepted. A report outlining the plan is expected to be submitted to the government later this month or in early April. "The building of a manned moon base is part of our...

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...

2004-11-25 08:12:19

UDAIPUR, India (AFP) -- China will launch its lunar orbiter Chang'e 1 to explore the moon's environment and study the thickness of its soil by the end of 2007, according to a senior space official. Sun Huixian, deputy chief engineer at the Center for Space Science and Applied Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said Beijing also has plans to send two more unmanned missions by 2010. "Chang'e 1 is slated to be launched towards the end of 2007 and the dates are not decided," Huixian...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.