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Chinese Lunar Exploration Program

If it's the moon you want, then Yung's your man

A Chinese soup spoon was enough to get Yung Kai-leung thinking about how to design the perfect space-exploration tool, specifically one for scooping up moon rock.

Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am

Lunar researcher dies from overwork

A key designer involved in China's lunar exploration project died last week, aged 40, due to overwork, The Beijing News has reported.

Chen Tianzhi, a deputy designer of the Chang'e project, fell into a coma in his office on September 6. He had been working without taking a break for months, according to people close to him.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

First photo from lunar probe is premier's pride and joy

Removing a scarlet cloth covering the black-and-white image, Premier Wen Jiabao said he was filled with 'matchless joy and pride' as he unveiled the first photograph of the moon from the mainland's Chang'e I lunar satellite yesterday.

The photo reveals the surface of a 280km-wide and 460km-long area northeast of the lunar South Pole, with resolution of 120 metres.

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Lunar satellite close to exploring moon

After a series of successful tests, China's first lunar orbiting satellite will enter the final stages of its moon exploration, the China National Space Administration said yesterday.

The observation equipment and sensors aboard Chang'e I would be activated after its lunar orbit was adjusted late tonight, the agency said.

19 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Chang'e had space for Hong Kong hit

Radio host Ng Chi-sum had to apologise for comments he made about the moon-bound Chang'e 1 satellite this week. The satellite has been broadcasting 30-plus Chinese songs to Earth, but the RTHK co-host of current affairs programme Open Line, Open View had claimed, wrongly, that not even one was from Hong Kong.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Chang'e rocket fires up for final push into lunar orbit

Satellite's last thrust towards moon's gravitational pull

The main rocket on China's lunar satellite was fired up for the fourth time yesterday, sending the probe into a new orbit that will take it within the moon's gravitational pull.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Lunar lunacy

Space: the final frontier. It's not known whether President Hu Jintao and the rest of the Politburo are Star Trek fans, but the sci-fi TV show's opening line still seems to carry a potent message for mainland authorities. There's no other way to explain the media frenzy which greeted last week's launch of Chang'e I, China's first lunar orbiter.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Chang'e I blastoff gives some a boost but fails to thrill others

While some people on the mainland were clearly excited about the launch of Chang'e I, others couldn't care less.

Lu Mingde , a farmer in Shanghai's Jinshan district, said he had heard about the satellite's launch and believed it showed science and technology on the mainland were among the best in the world.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Moon satellite to suffer same fate as goddess

China's first lunar orbiter, which could be launched as early as today, will share the same fate as its eponym - flying to the moon but destined never to return.

The satellite is named after Chang'e, the Chinese moon goddess who took an elixir and floated to the moon, where she became immortal but was isolated forever.

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Lunar orbiter's blastoff tied to end of congress

Politics intruding on Chang'e 1 launch date - despite extra risk

China will launch the Chang'e 1 lunar orbiter next Wednesday, just days after the close of the Communist Party's 17th National Congress in Beijing.

17 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Hopes of matching US space feats 'silly'

Expert says China unlikely to catch up within a decade

China's space technology is unlikely to catch up with America's in the next decade, according to a mainland space expert who also called for Hong Kong's involvement in the nation's first lunar mission, scheduled for April next year.

9 Mar 2006 - 12:00am