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UPDATED: 08:39, October 08, 2006
Chinese bloggers hit 17.5 million
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The population of web log users or Bloggers in China has reached 17.5 million by August, according to the latest report from the Internet Society of China.

The figure represents a rise of more than 30 times from the 2002 figure, said the 2006 Chinese Bloggers Investigation Report.

Of the total, some 7.7 million are active Bloggers who update their web logs at least once a month. The figure is likely to exceed 10 million by the end of the year, it said.

The report also said that China's web logs boast an aggregated readership of 75 million now, of which 54.7 million tend to update once a month. Enditem

Experts said these songs can express Chinese people's love for the motherland, for life, peace and their pursuit of truth and nature, which will showcase the beauty of Chinese culture and its influence.

Most of the songs were Chinese folk songs. The song got most votes was folk song "My Wonderful Home Town", followed by "I Love China", "Singing Praises of Motherland" and 27 others.

The songs were chosen from a list of 152 songs put forward by the commission's Lunar Probe Engineering Center, which includes music from the country's 56 ethnic groups, pop music from the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong and opera soundtracks.

China's national anthem and "The East is Red", a tribute song to Mao Zedong, which was broadcast in 1970 from the country's first man-made terrestrial satellite, will also be played from the satellite.

The satellite project was approved by the Chinese central authorities in 2004 as part of the three-stage Chang'e Program. The project has a budget of 1.4 billion yuan (170 million U.S. dollars).

The program, named "Chang'e" after the legendary Chinese goddess who flew to the moon, aims to eventually place an unmanned vehicle on the moon by 2010.

The lunar satellite is designed to obtain 3D 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, which is based on China's Dongfanghong III telecommunication satellite platform, boasts seven types of scientific exploration instruments, including a CCD camera, a high-energy particle detector, a laser height gauge and a micro-wave detector.

The satellite will be 2,350 kg in weight with 130 kg of payload, and will orbit the moon for one year. A Chinese Long March III A carrier rocket will be used to launch the satellite.

The satellite launch at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province next year will be followed by the landing of an unmanned vehicle on the moon in 2010 and collecting samples of lunar soil with an unmanned vehicle in 2020.


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