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BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- China, which launched its first manned space mission just two years ago, plans to put a man on the moon around 2017 and investigate what may be the perfect source of fuel, a newspaper reported on Friday.
Two Chinese astronauts orbited Earth for five days last month in the Shenzhou VI and China was now developing new craft up to the Shenzhou X, eyeing a permanent space station and an eventual moon mission, state media said this week.
"China will make a manned moon landing at a proper time, around 2017," leading scientist Ouyang Ziyuan was quoted by the Southern Metropolis News as saying.
Originally posted by wetwarez
Why is it a race? We got there in '69. There is no race, the Chineese are just playing catchup. I don't see the problem with them going a year before we go AGAIN.
The cold war spurred the first moon landing. The same driving force isn't applicable this time around.
Originally posted by Murcielago
I gut feeling though is that the US will beat them.
Originally posted by Phaethor
Yes, the US will probably end up turning this into a race.
"We have to save the Moon for the sake of Democracy, otherwise it'll become a safe haven for Communist and Terrorists to launch attacks against the US."
Originally posted by ludo182
Calm down boys, even if it's kind of a race since the US is starting its new lunar program almost from scratch (new rockets, the cev,...), the Chinese won't be on the Moon in 2017, they have not even begun studies for an heavy lift rocket (more than 100 metric tons in LEO). And i highly doubt they could develop one faster than the US which has much more expericence. Without this rocket, no human mission to the moon.
Originally posted by Yorga
I remember the lunar landings, watching on TV and seeing the launches. It was a very exciting time to be an American. In those days when there was a launch, all of America would stop what they were doing and watch the TV. We were glued to the sets when the first pictures started coming back, it was a matter of intense pride. Back then everyone thought there would be a Moon base and then on to Mars and the other planets. It all seem so reachable.
[edit on 4-11-2005 by Yorga]