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China's Next Space Goal

By Keith Cowing
November 4, 2005

China eyes 2017 moon landing, CNN

“China, which launched its first manned space mission just two years ago, plans to put a man on the moon around 2017 and investigate what may be the perfect source of fuel, a newspaper reported on Friday.”

Editor’s note: And I am sure that if Mike Griffin suddenly said that he was moving the first U.S. return to the moon mission to 2016, China would revise its announcement to say 2015. But is this all that preposterous? The U.S. went from its first human spaceflight to a human lunar landing in 8 years – and the Chinese have had a lot of other people’s expertise to build upon…

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