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|China's first lunar probe to broadcast music
BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- China said on Friday it
will transmit 30 pieces of Chinese music to the Earth next year aboard its first
The Commission of Science, Technology and Industry
for National Defense, which is in charge of the lunar-probing project, said it
began to seek recommendations from the general public for the music to be played
China is expected to launch its first lunar-probing
project next year, according to the commission.
The State Council approved the country's first lunar
probe program in 2004. The satellite program, which has a budget of 1.4 billion
yuan (about 170 million US dollars), is part of the country's three-stage lunar
The lunar satellite was designed to obtain
three-dimensional images of the lunar surface, analyze the content of useful
elements and materials, and probe the depth of the lunar soil and the space
environment between the earth and the moon.
The satellite system consists of a satellite platform
and payload, which will be based on China's Dongfanghong 3 satellite systems and
other mature satellite technology, the commission said.
The satellite will be 2,350 kg in weight with 130 kg
of payload, and will orbit the moon for one year. Enditem