China Launches Orbiter, Shoots for Moon by 2020

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China's Chang'e One rocket sits on the launch pad before liftoff. Photo courtesy of NASA hide caption

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Chang'e One Rocket

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This week, China launched Chang'e One, a robotic lunar orbiter. The mission is a step in a larger plan that would land a Chinese astronaut on the moon by 2020. The launch follows a Japanese-led moon launch and India is planning to launch its own lunar mission next year. Is a new global space race underway?


Joan Johnson-Freese, chair of the Department of National Security Studies, Naval War College

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