As far as we know, we're the only news organization that has pointed out why China and the U.S. are suddenly so interested in going (returning, in our case) to the moon: to scoop up the precious Helium 3 fuel just lying on the surface.
China's first piloted mission was launched in October, 2003, and lasted less than a day. Leonard David writes in space.com that the Chinese space agency is planning Shenzhou 7, a human spaceflight that is set for 2008, and Shenzhou 8, a mission that will include a half hour space walk, for 2009 or 2011. China?s eventual goal is to build its own space station. They want to send a lander to the moon in 2012, and are aiming to send a robot to the moon in 2017 that can return moon dust to Earth for testing.
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Strange things may be happening soon on the moon, but even stranger things are happening right here on Earth, as thousands of people continue to see the Phoenix Lights in the sky. You can experience this too, by purchasing Dr. Lynne Kitei's amazing book book and DVD.
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