Will China be next to send man to the moon? (+video)

October 24, 2014 4:05 PM

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China launched a moon orbiter early Friday in preparation for a 2017 mission to collect samples from the lunar surface, but the country's space program would have to combine its lunar exploration and human spaceflight components before executing a manned mission to the moon.

Beijing — China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

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