China Plans to Launch Space Station?

China said its lunar probe had entered its final orbit around the moon Wednesday, but an official backed away from reports of launching a space station by 2020.

The probe called Chang’e 1 after a mythical Chinese goddess who flew to the moon made final adjustments at the end of a two-week journey and entered its final working orbit of 125 miles from the moon Wednesday where it will explore its surface for the next year.

The China Daily newspaper, said China’s planned space station would be “a small-scale, 20-ton space workshop,” quoting Long Lehao, a leading designer of the Long March 3A rocket that carried the Chang’e 1 into space.

Chinese space officials have said previously they wanted to build a space station in the next 10 or 15 years, but the target date of 2020 was the first time a schedule has been made public, Long told China Daily.

Source:  ABC News

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