Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Chinese Lunar Rover

Back after a while, and a hard time at work.... anyway, news are
that China has developed (not yet ready, but quite close to) a Lunar
Rover... ABC reports the story here. The chinese rover will be
nuclear powered, so power shortage is not an issue (safety at launch
and ground processing may be, though...). Rover mission to Moon
is planned by 2012, doesn't take much to figure out it will be a sort
of main rehersal of a Mars mission (even if going to Mars presents
lots of technical issues, most of them completely different from those
typical of Moon exploration). Quite interestingly, rumours are that
the Russian Space Agency is very interested in setting up a joint

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