Re: China denies manned Moon mission plans

From: Phillip Clark (psclark@dircon.co.uk)
Date: Fri May 24 2002 - 02:49:34 EDT

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    On Thu, 23 May 2002, Ed Cannon wrote:
    > > "China will not be launching a manned mission to the Moon in 
    > > the foreseeable future, according to Ouyang Ziyuan, chief 
    > > scientist of China's Moon exploration programme.
    > http://news.bbc.co.uk/low/english/sci/tech/newsid_2000000/2000506.stm
    
    When this story surfaced earlier this week I checked out the _original_
    material (not western reports) on the Xinhua and Peoples' Daily web
    sites.   There, the story was that the first manned flight would come
    before 2005 and exploration of the Moon could be expected for around
    2010.   Nowhere did it say _manned_ exploration of the Moon !
    
    On Wednesday evening I recorded an interview for BBC World Service Radio's
    "The World Today" programme and emphasised what the Chinese actually said
    and what the western media claimed was said.
    
    My guess has always be that the Chinese footsteps on the Moon will be
    around 2020 ..... maybe to celebrate 40 years since Neil Armstrong, sine
    the US won't be doing anything similar .......
    
    Phillip Clark
    
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