China spacecraft launched, space station and manned lunar missions planned


18 Responses to “China spacecraft launched, space station and manned lunar missions planned”

  1. Phikus says:

    It would be nice if this re-ignited the US’s interest in resuming moon missions or planning a manned mission to Mars. The Chinese seem to have no doubt that this is a crowded planet and our future lies in space.

  2. airshowfan says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that the Chinese space agency (or at least their graphics department) must be staffed by Trekkies?




  3. Trvth says:

    After watching the amazing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, I wouldn’t be surprised at anything China accomplishes. Beautiful, stunning, amazing can’t even begin to describe what they did there. I have to admit I’m worried about future US and China relations, but why put down something they do solely in the name of science? Any progress in man’s initiative to build a working space program has to be a good thing.

  4. Ned says:

    #16 FutureNerd: Because the procedure is the same every time for a sucessful launch.

  5. Nelson.C says:

    If the launch goes as planned, why wait until after the launch to write the article? If you’ve done the research necessary for the article why not write it before the launch, rather than try to feverishly write after lift-off? Do science journalists wait until a news embargo is lifted to put hand to keyboard? Do newspapers typically wait for famous people to breath their last before writing their obituaries?

    I don’t love the Chinese government, but it just looks like sloppy timing with the news agency rather than sinister media control, this time.

  6. padster123 says:

    Hmmm. Cool. Wonder what their game plan is, beyond willy-waving. Off-world power generation? Orbital colonies? Pure exploration? I guess space exploration doesn’t really need a why – you just do it because it’s there. But I do wonder what the Chinese want to get out of it.

  7. Kieran O'Neill says:

    #14: ROFL. You’re so right!

  8. Nelson.C says:

    The link “Xinhua’s Shenzhou VII coverage” doesn’t go anywhere.

  9. Angstrom says:

    you know, $700 bn would buy a nice space programme

    in fact you could fund NASA for 40 years with that money (NASAs 2008 budget is $17.3 bn )

    Or imagine spending it all in one go on something really huge and imaginative, ooh what shall we get? Something really exciting and worthwhile eh?

  10. hogan44 says:

    have you seen “Up the Yangtze” ?

    see it.

  11. FutureNerd says:

    #13 Kieran O’Neill–To be fair and accurate, how did this accidental announcement include such detailed descriptions and dialog? (quoted in the article you cite)

  12. Keith says:

    The novel I’m finishing up involves a backdrop with taikonauts and a manned Chinese Moon shot. Nice to know my sci-fi is closer to sci-fact, if off by a few years.

  13. frankiez says:

    Funny that NEW CHINA posted about the success of the mission HOURS before the spacecraft has been launched!! ^_^

  14. Mac says:

    It seems that the launch was so successful that the Chinese announced the success before it actually happened.,23599,24406028-2,00.html

    The launch story had great details:

    The firm voice of the controller broke the silence of the whole ship. Now, the target is captured 12 seconds ahead of the predicted time …

    “Ten minutes later, the ship disappears below the horizon. Warm clapping and excited cheering breaks the night sky, echoing across the silent Pacific Ocean.”

    And China wondered why their coverage of the Olympic torch on Everest was greeted with such scepticism …


  15. jesushootscores says:

    Chinese Food To Go on the Moon.

  16. fdeblauwe says:

    I investigated the interest in the 5 human spaceflight projects since 2004. You can see the trend line graph and some info on my Word Face-Off blog.

  17. Kieran O'Neill says:

    #12: To be fair and accurate, someone within the Xinhua News Agency’s website branch accidentally announced the success before it actually happened. How far up the chain the decision to create the article before it happened was made is unknown and probably very hard to find out. I doubt there would have been more than a few dozen people complicit in it.

    So, saying “the Chinese announced the success before it actually happened” is not significantly more precise than saying “the human race announced the success before it actually happened”.

  18. Roger Strong says:

    There’s no sign of a space race, alas.

    China is where the US was at the start of the Gemini program, 45 years ago. And where Gemini was flying every few weeks, Shenzhou is flying only every few years.

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