The Chinese space community is building momentum for its objective of a manned lunar landing, with the central government approving research on a launcher rocket. Approval for work on the launcher in the 2011 China Space Activities white paper, presumably covering the five-year plan period to 2016, does not mean that the government has approved a mission to land astronauts on the Moon. But it does mean preliminary studies already conducted will now move on to more detailed investigations. ...


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