China could put astronauts on moon in 15 years

China’s leading space vehicle expert predicts the nation will be able to send astronauts to the moon within 15 years, state media reported on Tuesday.

Huang Chunping, chief vehicle designer of the country’s manned spaceflight program, said that goal was dependent on Beijing providing adequate funding and on holding successful project launches ahead of a moon launch, according to the Xinhua news agency.

“The goal to land an astronaut on the moon can surely be achieved in 15 years,” Huang said while attending the annual full session of the country’s top political advisory body.

A top Chinese space official said early last year that China’s moon exploration program included a planned lunar fly-by in 2007, a soft landing in 2012 and the return of lunar samples by 2017.

More info:  Reuters article

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One Response to “China could put astronauts on moon in 15 years”

  1. lorengale Says:

    really didn’t stop to think that China was only the third country to put

    a man in space. but the big question “why”?

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