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Michael Krepon is quoted in The Christian Science Monitor on China’s lunar rover launch

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China launched its first lunar rover Monday morning, in what is being
called one giant leap forward for the Asian superpower’s ambitions in
space.

The rocket, carrying lander “Chang’e-3” and rover “Jade Rabbit,” blasted off from southwestern China
at 1:30 a.m. this morning. The pair, slated to land mid-December in the
moon’s Sinus Iridum region (Latin for “Bay of Rainbows”), is tasked
with exploring the basaltic lava plain for geological features and
mineral deposits, as well as with setting up the first telescope on the
moon.

The mission is also expected to preface China’s still
unscheduled plans to put one of its astronauts on the moon, as well as
to advance its ever grander ambitions in the cosmos, Xinhua, China’s
official news agency, said.

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“It’s a symbolic representation of China’s rise,” says Michael Krepon,
director of South Asia and Space Security programs at The Stimson Center
in Washington, D.C, of the Chang’e-3’s launch. “China is reaching for
the moon for the same reason that the US reached for the moon: space
exploration has always been a source of great national pride.”

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