» 10/25/2007, 00.00
Beijing happy about lunar probe, pledges peaceful development of space
Strong enthusiasm among ordinary Chinese as technicians and politicians dismiss talk about lunar space race. For them the lunar mission has only scientific purposes. Some note however that more probing should be done on Chinese soil where there is too much poverty.
Japanese probe in orbit around the moon
Probe will release several satellites which will study the moon for more than a year. It is the most ambitious lunar mission since the United States’ Apollo missions according to Tokyo. Japan, China and India are racing to send their own astronauts into space and on the moon.
Lift off for Chinese lunar probe
For the next year the probe will navigate the moon collecting images and data. A human mission to the moon in programme for 2020. Beijing aims to affirm itself as a power in space, for economic and political reasons.
India’s first lunar probe to take off, seeking water on the moon
The Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft takes off tomorrow to orbit around the earth’s satellite and analyse its chemical and mineral features. Asian nations are among the leading contenders in the space race.
China’s first spacewalk tomorrow
The three-manned Shenzhou VII spacecraft is scheduled to take off today. Its mission includes China’s first spacewalk. Experts note that China’s space programme is led by the military and that its data can be used for military purposes. A Chinese space station is already on the drawing board.
Japan’s lunar mission a success: the probe touches down today
The controlled crash landing concluded the 19 month flight of the “Kaguya” probe. Important data was gathered to help create a more detailed map of the moon’s surface and to analyse present minerals.
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