Chinese Astronauts

China has successfully launched its second manned space mission according to BBC News. The spacecraft, launched by the Chinese National Space Administration (which is strangely quiet about it on their English website), took off from Jiuquan in the Gobi desert today. On board were astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng who will be spending five days in orbit around the planet. Xinhau have lots of coverage of the mission on their website.

Chinese Astronauts

Astronauts on Shenzhou-6 spacecraft talked with their family members in the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center CREDIT: Xinhau



China aims to build its own space station within the next five years and eventually send a person to the Moon. Sound familiar? It should do because it is similar to the human spaceflight plans of NASA and ESA. It seems that we are probably at the start of the second space race, only this time there are at least three main competitors.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Wednesday 12th Oct 2005 (18:26 UTC) | Permalink
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