by Robert J. Saiget
BEIJING (AFP) – Asia’s space race heated up on Wednesday aslaunched its first lunar orbiter, an event hailed by the world’s most populous nation as a milestone event in its global rise.
China’s year-long expedition, costing 1.4 billion yuan (184 million dollars), kicks off a programme that aims to land an unmanned rover on the moon’s surface by 2012 and put aby about 2020.
The launch of Chang’e I, which will explore and map the moon’s surface, came afterlast month launched ….
High Tech meets peasant farmers in China. Background:
China’s Lunar mission is ready for launch. Foreground:
Peasant farmers evacuate prior to launch today, October
24, 2007. Note the lady with the big hat is carrying her
rice cooker. Photo from the Communist Party news service