China will postpone its first unmanned mission to the Moon by at least 5-6 months, a delay that under current scheduling means Japan will beat China to lunar orbit with a far more ambitious triple-spacecraft launch. China's new oxygen/hydrogen propulsion system developments--needed for even more ambitious Chinese lunar missions--is in far worse shape, however, falling as much as five years behind. China had originally planned to launch its 5,000-lb. Chang'e lunar orbiter in ...

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