China not interested in scientific competition

November 14th, 2007 - 2:50 am ICT by admin  
“The decision on the lunar probe was made completely in accordance with China’s own conditions, which is not meant to be compared with others,” Luan Enjie, chief commander of the lunar satellite project, told Xinhua.

The lunar satellite, named Chang’e-1, was launched at 6.05 p.m. on Wednesday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in south western Sichuan Province, marking the first step of China’s ambitious three-stage moon mission and a new milestone in the country’s space exploration history.

“Chang’e-1 only conducts scientific missions, without any military aims and carrying no military facilities and equipment,” said a spokesman of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND) on Wednesday.

Chinese scientists started systematic and comprehensive analysis and research about lunar science as early as mid-1960s, and started feasibility study on lunar probe plans in 1990s.

A government White Paper on China’s space technology released in 2000 disclosed Chinese ambitions in moon exploration for the first time.

More than a month ago, Chinese space experts were also invited to the launch site of a Japanese lunar satellite.

The International Space Station is a joint project of 16 nations including the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, Brazil and 11 countries from the European Space Agency. (ANI)

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