Mooncake, festival and China's lunar mission

Updated: 2016-09-14 19:07

By Liu Wei(

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Humans are adventurous creatures on the earth with lots of imagination.

While all creatures live around each other with gravity holding them to the ground, humans look up to the sky and wonder about the moon.

Mooncake, festival and China's lunar mission

Apollo 11. [Photo from web]

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First man to visit moon

US was the first country to send humans to the moon.

The Apollo Project, an enormous plan launched by the US from 1961 to 1972, helped take tens of thousands of close-up images of moon and delivered three astronauts on the moon by spaceflight Apollo 11.

The country later sent more astronauts; with 12 in total having the chance to view the earth from another planet.

At the same period, the Soviet Union was competing against the US on exploring the outerspace and completed the whole program with sending first man-- Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin-- into space, some satellites and bringing back lunar samples.

Compared with two nations, China has been a bit quiet in the space arena. But that doesn't mean it's not interested in the beautiful planet hanging over us during the night.

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