China first lunar satellite - 05.11.2007
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China first lunar satellite - 05.11.2007
Today in history - November 5, 2007

The space program of the People's Republic of China is directed by the China National Space Administration. A Chinese satellite successfully entered lunar orbit Monday, a month after rival Japan put its own probe into orbit around the moon, but Chinese officials denied there was any competition between the two nations.

Chinese space officials said the Chang'e 1 satellite, part of the country's ambitious space exploration plans, entered lunar orbit after completing a planned braking operation. China plans to keep the Chang'e 1- named after a mythical Chinese goddess who flew to the moon - there for one year, about the same length of time as Japan's probe.
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