posted on Jan, 2 2006 @ 01:47 PM
China's plan for a landing on the Moon has reached the next phase. The unmanned lunar orbiter and rocket are starting production and testing. China
hopes to have a manned moon mission by the year 2020.
Luan Enjie, commander of China's "round the moon" project, said the Chang'e 1 Lunar Orbiter and a launch rocket are being assembled and tested, and
the launch site and command system are also taking shape, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Luan said the craft is still on schedule to be launched in 2007.
The unmanned lunar orbiter is part of China's plan to eventually land astronauts -- called "taikonauts" by the Chinese government -- on the moon
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I hope that maybe this will shed some light on the moon landing. I would love it if the Chinese prove that the original moon landing was faked. Maybe
they could even do some research as to how much radiation their orbiter receives from travel through the Van-allen belt