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PWSP 1.5 : China will send a man back to moon before the USA. Chinese moon rover launch December 2013

30 Aug 2013, 03:48 UTC
PWSP 1.5 : China will send a man back to moon before the USA. Chinese moon rover launch December 2013
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MOON-RAKER 2.0 : How China Opened up the Lunar Frontier

A Long March 3C rocket carrying China's second unmanned lunar probe Chang'e-2 lifts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province October 1, 2010, in this photo distributed by China's official Xinhua News Agency.

Li Gang/Xinhua/Reuters

".. .I wish them well. At least someone is thinking ahead regarding the CIS-Lunar Economy..." - DRS 08/29/13

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SOURCE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR : China will send a rover to the moon by the end of the year, officials announced Wednesday. Though it was originally slated for September, officials are now planning to launch early December 2 local time (December 1 in the US).

Unlike early NASA rover missions to Mars, the Chang'e-3 rover won't bounce or hang-glide its way to the surface (the latter wouldn't work anyway, as the moon has virtually no atmosphere). Instead, it is planning for a "soft landing," says Dr. Ma, using thrusters to gently lower the lander onto the moon's surface, like the Apollo landers of the 1960s and 70s.

Chang'e (pronounced Chong-eu, ...

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