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Offline rdunk

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China's Active Space Program Continues
« on: October 17, 2016, 08:31:32 AM »
Regardless of what we might think about China's capabilities for becoming a primary power in the continuing world space race, China's actions do make it clear that they are strongly active in moving forward. This news article is yet another fine example of their expanding capabilities and technical advances - "China launches its longest crewed space mission yet"

FOXNEWS Science
Published October 17, 2016  Associated Press

BEIJING - Two Chinese astronauts began the country's longest crewed space mission yet on Monday, blasting off on a spacecraft for a 30-day stay on an experimental space station as China steadfastly navigates its way to becoming a space superpower.

Ahead of the launch, one astronaut shouted: "We are ready! Please give instructions!" in front of dozens of people dressed in colorful dress representing China's ethnic minorities, in footage shown prominently on Chinese TV. The commander-in-chief of the manned space program, Gen. Zhang Youxia, replied: "Proceed!" followed by blaring marching music as the astronauts boarded a bus to take them to the launch pad.

China, Russia and the United States are the only countries that have independently launched humans intospace, and while the others have more experience in manned space travel, China's military-backed program has made methodical progress in comparatively short time.

The launch is China's sixth manned mission, the previous longest being about two weeks.

For this mission, the astronauts will dock their spacecraft with the Tiangong 2 station within two days, conduct experiments in medicine and space-related technologies, and test systems and processes in preparation for the launching of the station's core module in 2018. A fully functioning space station is on course to begin operating six years from now and slated to run for at least a decade.

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/10/17/china-launches-its-longest-crewed-space-mission-yet.html



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Re: China's Active Space Program Continues
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 11:07:40 AM »

Offline rdunk

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Re: China's Active Space Program Continues
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2016, 02:34:44 PM »
So, I guess maybe what we have to look forward to is:



.......which is the Chinese symbol for the English word "Moon"!!!  ::) ::) ::)
« Last Edit: October 17, 2016, 02:36:43 PM by rdunk »

 


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