"100 rockets, 100 satellites" space mission
China has set a target of completing a space mission of "100 rockets, 100 satellites" during the five years between 2011 and 2015. On average, China will complete about 20 launch missions each year before 2015.
A huge step toward the era of a manned space station
Successfully completing the "rendezvous and docking" will be the key to achieving a strategic goal, but it is a universally acknowledged bottleneck of aviation technologies.
Women ready for space
The country has selected five men and two women candidates from among 30 men and 15 women for upcoming space missions. It will be the first time for China to put female astronauts into space. The candidates are required to undergo five years of training.
Why the next man on the moon will be Chinese
Since the crew of Apollo 17 returned from the moon in December 1972, no human has ever left low-Earth orbit. Five space shuttles, scores of Russian Soyuz capsules, the International Space Station, and more than 450 men and women have left the Earth since Apollo, but all have been bound to a small shell of space just outside our atmosphere
Will China capture the moon in the future?
In one of his most famous poems, the eighth-century Chinese master Li Bai looked up to the heavens and wrote, "I watch the bright moon/Lowering my head, I dream that I'm home." Today his descendants may be looking to the moon with even grander aspirations.