China Launches “Moon Mission” as Nasa Loses Lunar InterestOctober 2nd, 2010 - 3:00 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Oct 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Over forty years after the famous “giant leap for mankind” was performed by Neil Armstrong, NASA has severely cut it’s lunar landings and moon program, while China launches their second lunar probe.
The Chang’e-2 probe was launched today from a location in China’s Sichuan province, and is expected to reach the moon’s orbit in the next five days, according to a report by the Xinhua News.
The lunar probe is set to take photos of the surface of the moon, and scan a location for the next unmanned landing which has been scheduled for 2012. The space program of the Chinese has been increased in the last few years, after their first spacewalk which was in 2008. They are considering sending a manned space mission to the moon in 2017, according to the Associated Press.
At the same time, US lawmakers have passed a bill which will lead NASA away from their normal rocket launches, and towards a long distance space mission, such as to Mars.
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