Moon Shot

China’s long-awaited moon shot is about to happen. The AP reports that China National Space Administration officials say the Chang’e 1 lunar orbiter will be launched between October 24th and 26th.

As I noted in August, a successful flight will add China to an elite club of nations that have sent a spacecraft around the moon — the U.S., Russia and Japan. Beijing is a step closer to being an space power, with the all the commercial and military implications that holds for the rest of the world.

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