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China's space ambitions: robot on Mars, a human on the moon

Added 12-02-20 04:35:02am EST - “China's landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot rover en route to Mars, is developing a reusable space plane and is planning to put humans back on the lunar surface.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “China’s space ambitions: robot on Mars, a human on the moon”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BEIJING (AP) - China’s landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot rover en route to Mars, is developing a reusable space plane and is planning to put humans back on the lunar surface.

The Chang’e 5, the first effort to bring lunar rocks to Earth since the 1970s, collected samples on Wednesday, the Chinese space agency announced. The probe landed Tuesday on the Sea of Storms on the moon’s near side.

Space exploration is a political trophy for the ruling Communist Party, which wants global influence to match China‘s economic success.

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China is a generation behind the United States and Russia, but its secretive, military-linked program is developing rapidly. It is creating distinctive missions that, if successful, could put Beijing on the leading edge of space flight.

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