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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

PolyU helps to map the moon precisely

Scientists from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have devised ways to precisely map the moon by using data collected from various space missions.

Their work has improved understanding of the topography and core substance of the moon, and will be useful in determining where to land in future missions.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rocket's nose cone bangs down in Jiangxi farmers' back yards

Farmers in two Jiangxi villages had an unexpected first-hand experience of the country's space programme on Friday night - when parts of the lunar rocket landed in their back yards.

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Chang'e II satellite's mission brings the moon a step closer

China took another step on its long march to the moon yesterday, launching its second lunar satellite from the space centre in Xichang , Sichuan .

Bang on schedule at 7pm, the new generation Long March 3C rocket shot skywards after ignition. The launch was broadcast live on state television and over the internet.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Chang'e probe claims 'finest' lunar image

China laid claim yesterday to capturing the world's 'finest and most complete' lunar image, capping the end of the first stage of the country's moon exploration programme.

The next lunar probe, with better sensors and technology, would be launched before the end of 2011 to pave the way for an unmanned landing in 2012, the mainland's space agency said.

13 Nov 2008 - 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

Space expert plays down moon rivalry with Japan

The mainland's top space scientist, Ouyang Ziyuan, has sought to pour cold water on much-hyped comparisons between the Chang'e I moon exploration project and Japan's 'Kaguya' lunar mission, saying there were technological merits in both projects.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Chang'e in moon orbit triumph

China's lunar probe completed a 1.8-million-kilometre, two-week voyage across space yesterday to fall into its working orbit around the moon.

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am