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    China to put a man on the moon by 2024

    China to put a man on the moon by 2024 - expert

    Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:46 AM BST

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A top official in China's space program has set 2024 for the country's first moonwalk, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Monday, cementing its position as a new space power.

    The mission would kick off in earnest next year, the Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po paper said, when China launches an unmanned lunar satellite in March or April to orbit and survey the lunar surface.

    "China now basically possesses the technology, materials and the economic strength" to put a man on the moon, the paper quoted the official as saying.

    China has come a long way since then paramount leader Mao Zedong lamented in 1957 -- the year the Soviet Union put the first ever man-made object into orbit -- that the country was incapable even of putting a potato into space.

    In 2003, China became only the third country -- after the United States and Soviet Union -- to launch a man into space aboard its own rocket. Last October, it sent two men into orbit.


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    Soudns interesting. Do you think that they might get more cash from out-of-country scientists taht want their experiments on the craft going to the moon?
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    This is good, but is China interested in space exploration or is this just their way of showing their new economic development?
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    Hummmm?

    According to the news here in the US, the Chinese people may have to move to the moon to survive their own polution they are creating during their economic boom.

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    They have to stop wasting money in these projects and distribute the money to the poor who suffer from chronic corruption in the rural areas. Fundamental infrastructure is more important than hi-tech gadgets for China as of this moment.

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