Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the lunar surface during the first moon landing in 1969. (Apollo 11/NASA)
China has announced plans to send an unmanned rocket to the moon in 2013, an effort to further the country’s ambitious space program ……..
If successful, China’s probe would be the first craft to land on the moon as part of a mission since the Soviets managed it in the 1970s. The country also said it plans to land a man on the moon, a feat only achieved by the United States, most recently in 1972, the AFP noted.
Neither the Russians nor the U.S. is currently capable of landing a man on the moon. Since the end of the space shuttle era, NASA’s has focused its eyes on a new spacecraft for manned exploration of space, the Orion multipurpose vehicle, which won’t be ready until 2017 at the earliest.
Given our budget difficulties, does anyone really believe the Orion will get off the ground if things remain as they are?
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