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In an attempt to avoid falling behind in the Asian â€œspace race,â€ government reports showed on Friday that Japan is working toward putting a robot on the moon by 2020 and an astronaut by 2030.
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.
For the first time, a spacecraft from Earth has captured hi-resolution images of a solar eclipse while orbiting another world.
Chinaâ€™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 nationâ€™s first lunar probe, which is expected to land on the moon by 2012, according to the Guangming Daily newspaper.
The U.S. space agency says its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, is en route to Florida for a scheduled spring launch. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellite -- being moved from the Northrop Grumman Corp.
The most detailed map of the Moon ever created has revealed never-before-seen craters at the lunar poles.
The U.S. space agency says it has selected four teams to observe the impact of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The satellite is part of a small companion mission to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., this spring.
GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch.
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