BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China launches first Moon orbiter

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China launches first Moon orbiter: “China launches first Moon orbiter China is in an undeclared space race with its Asian rivals Probe takes off China has launched its first lunar orbiter, on a planned year-long exploration mission to the Moon. The satellite, named Chang’e 1, took off from the Xichang Centre in south-west China’s Sichuan province at 1800 local time (1000 GMT). Analysts say it is a key step towards China’s aim of putting a man on the Moon by 2020, in the latest stage of an Asian space race with Japan and India Earlier this month, a Japanese lunar probe entered orbit around the Moon. India is planning a lunar mission for April next year. “

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