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IN JANUARY this year, the Indian space probe, Chandrayaan-1, embarked on something of a nostalgia tour. Over the course of four days, the craft flew high above the lunar surface, methodically mapping the landing sites of all six crewed Apollo missions that touched down on the moon.
The purpose, according to Indian Space Research Organisation, was to confirm the Apollo missions' findings about the moon's surface and rocks. Yet it may have had an additional motive: India is among a handful of countries determined to land a human on the moon.
The architects of the cold war-era space race could hardly have imagined the number of nations that would follow their lead. India, Japan, China and the European Space Agency have added to the traffic in lunar orbit, with most of these missions carrying scientific instruments from other countries. Four of the six members of this lunar explorer's club - the US, Russia, China and India - have professed an intention to send people to the moon. Which country, if any, will succeed?
If national ambition, rather than technology, were the main ingredient of a successful lunar mission, the winner might well be China or India. Both governments are keen to use their space programme to make strong statements of national prowess
India has announced plans to launch its first manned space mission in 2015 and set a deadline of 2020 for an Indian astronaut to walk on the moon.
Senior officials have earmarked £1.7 billion to fund the programme, which will build on the success of its unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan I last year and launch a new space race between India and China.
Russia plans to send cosmonauts to the Moon by 2025 and establish a permanent manned base there in 2027-2032, the head of the space agency said Friday.
Anatoly Perminov said that in accordance with Russia's space program through 2040, a manned flight to Mars will be carried out after 2035.
A space scientist has said that Chinese scientists are considering the feasibility of a manned lunar landing mission at an appropriate time between 2025 and 2030.
China will be able to fetch samples collected by unmanned lunar probe by 2017, Ye Peijian, chief designer of the lunar probe with China's Chang'e Project, said at a science lecture held Friday in Shanghai.
By 2013, China will send the landing craft and rover vehicle to the moon
When Nasa got there they found the moon already occupied and we're warned off from going back.