Following NASA’s withdrawl, China aims for lunar exploration

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The Chinese space agency could land its first astronauts on the moon within a decade in a move that would mark the beginning of a new age of lunar exploration, experts said today.

The decision by the Obama administration to scrap Nasa’s plans to return to the moon leave China well placed to become the second nation to land humans on the lunar surface. “The moon is an obvious target for China and they could be there in 2020,” said Ken Pounds, professor of space science at Leicester University.

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