China: Satellite Enters Moon’s Orbit

A Chinese satellite successfully entered lunar orbit Monday, a month after rival Japan put its own probe into orbit around the moon, but Chinese officials denied there was any competition between the two nations.

Chinese space officials said the Chang’e 1 satellite, part of the country’s ambitious space exploration plans, entered lunar orbit after completing a planned braking operation.

China plans to keep the Chang’e 1—named after a mythical Chinese goddess who flew to the moon—there for one year, about the same length of time as Japan’s probe. China launched its satellite late last month, while Japan put its into space in September.

Source:  Associated Press

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One Response to “China: Satellite Enters Moon’s Orbit”

  1. Bebe Says:

    mark my words. the Chinese will get people on the moon before the U.S.

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