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30 September 2008

China Sets Sights on the Moon

With the completion of China's third manned orbital flight and first spacewalk, the Middle Kingdom is not content to sit on its laurels.  China has announced plans to build a manned space station and send people to the Moon.  They plan to have the station by 2020 but were vague on the dates for the lunar visit.  NASA administrator Michael Griffin is rumored to be "convinced" that China has the technical capability to land men on the Moon by 2017, a full two years before the planned US landings.  If that doesn't motivate you, what will?