First Lunar Satellite to Lift Off Soon – CRI

Before China denies manned Moon mission plans, but now there are some changes , see report from CRI:

The Chief Scientist of the lunar exploration program announced China will be ready to launch its first c soon at a scientific forum on Friday.

Beijing Morning Post reports Ouyang Ziyuan said the Chang’e I lunar satellite will orbit the earth three times after the launch, accelerating to a speed fast enough to allow it to escape the pull of gravity and head for the moon…

The Chinese lunar project has been called Chang’e after an ancient Chinese legend about a beautiful young fairy who drank a magic potion, flew to the Moon and stayed to become the Goddess of the Moon. [Full Text]

Background ground information about Chang’e program via Wiki

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