Month: September 2013

China confirms plans for first Moon visit later this year / First a rover, next a taikonaut, then a colony

By  Iain Thomson, 31st August 2013 China has confirmed it is on track to land a rover on the Moon later this year to scoot across the surface analyzing dust and rock samples. “Chang’e-3 has officially entered its launch stage, following its research and manufacture period,” reports the official Chinese news agency Xinhua. The Chang’e-3 probe, first…