China to send man on moon by 2030

May 23rd, 2009 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): A Chinese astronaut could land on the moon between 2025 and 2030, said Ye Peijian, director of the country’s Moon Exploration Project.

China’s lunar probe ended its 16-month mission with a controlled crash onto the moon in March, officials said.

Chang’e I hit the moon surface after completing its tasks, sources with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said, the China Daily reported.

The mission was to gather experience for a moon landing and launch of a lunar rover - the next stage of China’s three-stage moon mission - in 2012.

The third phase features another lunar rover, which will land on the moon and return to Earth with lunar soil and stone samples for scientific research, in 2017. A manned lunar landing, expected before 2020, will follow it.

The country’s first planetary probe, Chang’e I completed its tasks in October after a year in space.

Chang’e I, which spent 494 days in space, was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center atop a Long March 3-A carrier rocket on October 24, 2007. (ANI)

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