It was reported earlier in the year that China's first lunar orbiter, the Chang'e I, will hopefully launch sometime in the later part of 2007. The Chang'e I will be responsible for taking the majority of pictures that Chinese scientists will use to put together the map.Source: DailyTech
China previously announced its three tiers of space exploration: first satellite and manned spacecraft launches, then the ambitious moon probe project. The country has successfully put three taikonauts into space, with more launches planned for the future.
Speaking of the expanding China space program, a senior official said the the country is not competing with other space nations. The Chinese lunar program will continue at its own pace -- no matter what other space nations are doing, according to Hao Xifan, Lunar Exploration Center of Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense.
China to map the Moon's surface
Posted on Wednesday, Sep 12 2007 @ 09:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck