Thursday, June 07, 2007

China Delays Moon Probe

China will postpone its first unmanned mission to the Moon by at least 5-6 months, a delay that under current scheduling means Japan will beat China to lunar orbit, with a far more ambitious triple-spacecraft launch in mid summer.

The Asian space race to the Moon is politically important in Asia-Pacific technology circles where China talks a good game, but Japan has produced far more concrete results, especially in space exploration.

The country that prevails with first lunar bragging rights will be noted in the region, where China is perpetually trying to spread influence at the expense of Japan.


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