China to Launch Moon Probe Program Before the Year Ends
China recently announced its plan on landing its first probe on the moon before the year ends. This is part of the steps taken by the space program of China that will eventually lead to the building of a space station.
China’s first moon orbiter the Chang’e-1 was launched in 2007 which took pictures of the surface of the moon and analyzed the distribution of elements. That launch was the first step of China’s three stage moon mission that will be followed by an unmanned moon mission that lunar soil and stones retrieval samples by 2017.
The lunar probe Chang’e-3 has officially entered the launch implementation stage after the research and construction period and is on track for the planned moon landing. The mission will see the Chinese orbiter do a soft land, or landing using a technique that slows down its speed. There is also a possibility of sending a man to the moon by 2020.
China recently completed its latest manned space mission in June, after sending three astronauts for 15 days in space, successfully docking with the experimental space laboratory.