Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

China to launch second lunar probe in 2009: report

File illustration of Change'e-1.
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2008
China hopes to launch its second moon-orbiting satellite in 2009, state media reported Friday, as the country steps up its space programme.

The news came after scientists regained contact with the country's first lunar satellite Chang'e-1 following a four-hour blackout, Xinhua news agency said.

Ye Peijian, the chief commander of Chang'e-1, did not elaborate on his announcement of the follow-up mission.

Change'e-1 is currently making a three-dimensional survey of the moon, and collecting data on the make-up of its surface, the report added.

The control centre lost contact with the satellite for four hours on Thursday, as it moved into a shadow area caused by Earth blocking out the sun, the report added.

In November, Premier Wen Jiabao hailed the first photo from the probe as evidence of China's rise as a space and technological power, and said it showed the country's dream of flying to the moon was beginning to materialise.

Chang'e-1 is the first stage of a programme that aims to land an unmanned rover on the moon by 2012 and put a man there by about 2020.

Beijing said it planned to launch a record number of spacecraft this year, state media reported Tuesday.

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
The Chinese Space Program - News, Policy and Technology
China News from

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Shenzhou VII Spaceship Airlock Module, Spacesuit Pass Initial Ground Tests
Beijing (XNA) Feb 22, 2008
China has passed initial ground tests for its Shenzhou VII spaceship airlock module and an extravehicular spacesuit, Thursday's China daily quoted a top scientist as saying. "Both the airlock module and the extravehicular spacesuit passed the tests, which simulated the zero-gravity environment of space," said Yang Baohua, head of the China Academy of Space Technology.

  • Hobbyists track secret orbits of spy satellites
  • NASA Partners With Orbital Sciences For Space Transport Services
  • Britain considers manned space missions
  • Space Executive Course Provides Pinpoint Space Education For Leaders

  • Unique Martian Formation Reproduced, Reveals Brief Bursts Of Water
  • Spirit Inches Downward Into Final Winter Perch
  • Mars study shows oceans of water bubbled up from below
  • Mars Rovers Sharpen Questions About Livable Conditions

  • Japan successfully launches high-speed Internet satellite
  • Arianespace Mission Update: The ATV Has Been Integrated On Its Ariane 5 Launcher
  • ILS Proton Launches THOR 5 Satellite
  • Bigelow Aerospace And Lockheed Martin Converging On Terms For Launch Services

  • NASA Extends Mission For Ball Aerospace-Built ICESat
  • CIRA Scientist Among Authors Of Book Celebrating 50 Years Of Earth Observations From Space
  • Indonesia To Develop New EO Satellite
  • Russia To Launch Space Project To Monitor The Arctic In 2010

  • New Horizons Crosses 9 AU
  • ASU Research Solves Solar System Quandary
  • Happy Second Birthday New Horizons
  • The PI's Perspective: Autumn 2007: Onward to the Kuiper Belt

  • Powerful Explosions Suggest Neutron Star Missing Link
  • Integral: Stellar Winds Colliding At Our Cosmic Doorstep
  • Cosmologists glimpse biggest 'dark matter' structure ever
  • Worldwide Hunt To Solve The Mystery Of Gamma-Ray Bursts

  • The X PRIZE Foundation Announces Official Contenders In Private Moon Race
  • Who's Orbiting The Moon
  • MIT To Lead Development Of New Radio Telescope Array On Lunar Farside
  • India's Moon Mission Likely To Be Put Off To June

  • Personal Tour Guide Of Barcelona Offered At Casanova Hotel
  • San Antonio's Woodlake GC Enhances Amenities With ProLink GPS
  • Guardian Technology Newest Authorized Telematics Partner For Global Refrigeration Transport Company
  • Digital Angel Secures Contract With Shipping Corporation Of India

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement