While we stand around with our thumbs up our asses about whether or not to go to the Moon or Mars, the Chinese are flowing ahead with a manned Lunar Program.
According to the Guardian:
Country also plans space station within a decade and Mars and Venus probes to be launched in next five years
China could put an astronaut on the moon in 2025 and launch probes to explore Mars and Venus within five years, according to the boss of a Chinese space programme.
Ye Peijian said China could make its first manned moon landing in 15 years, send a probe to Mars by 2013 and to Venus by 2015.
“China has the full capacity to accomplish Mars exploration by 2013,” he added.
The remarks, by the commander in chief of the country’s Chang’e lunar exploration project, were reported by the English language Global Times today and underscore the ambition of China’s plans.
I wish them luck and I’ll watch with envy!