外文标题：China to send orbiter to moon and back: Report
BEIJING: China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days, state media said Wednesday, in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth.
The spacecraft, which has not been named, will launch between Friday and Sunday, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.
It is China's first lunar module capable of returning to Earth, which will require withstanding the high temperatures that develop when a probe re-enters the terrestrial atmosphere.
It is intended to test technology to be used in the Chang'e-5, China's fourth lunar probe, which aims to gather samples from the moon's surface and will be launched around 2017, according to China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).
Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar space programme as a marker of its rising global stature and mounting technical expertise, as well as evidence of the ruling Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.
The military-run project has plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually to send a human to the moon.
b culas (Unknown)
Well Done China, We wish you the very best and hope the craft returns safely to Earth.
All the best china... both India and China can have healthy competition going forward in the deep space..!
Backward Indians are way behind Chinese...
reader (Location) replies to wtfindia
Whatever, we wish luck to China.
all the best for their mission. After all, there is a lot to be gained in terms of knowledge and the competition between India and China(as long as it is healthy) is going to be beneficial for the whole world.
Jai Shankar Joshi (Norwich, UK)
hina currently has one moon rover, the Jade Rabbit, on the surface of the moon.
Now even the moon will now be full of cheap and pathetic made in china garbage...haha
shail (Location) replies to Vijayant
It already has. There is a junk pile called Jade Rabbit on the surface on moon.
Best of luck, China.
seedhi baat (Hyd)
It is going to moon and coming back if not it should be there only and take the pictures of the moon and send to earth but it is talking about lunar orbiter but after it reaches the mooon's orbit send some news too,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Another ego waste of massif amounts of money by a species that is violent and without empathy for it's most needy of fellow humans! One species, one world and so if the world worked as one there wouldn't be the need of duplicating over and over again ego space travail and the money saved could feed every hungry child's belly on earth a hundred times over! ...never happen, because a full belly only sees the stars around themselves!