Skip to comments.China ready for next space leap
Posted on 09/28/2011 5:36:20 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
China is taking a stepped approach to the development of its human spaceflight programme
China is about to launch its first space laboratory, Tiangong-1.
The 10.5m-long, cylindrical module will be unmanned for the time being, but the country's astronauts, or yuhangyuans, are expected to visit it next year.
Tiangong-1 will demonstrate the critical technologies needed by China to build a fully fledged space station - something it has promised to do at the end of the decade.
The space lab is set to ride to orbit atop a Long March 2F rocket.
State media say the lift-off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu Province is likely to occur between 21:16 and 21:31 local time (13:16-13:31 GMT).
The Long March will put Tiangong in a near-circular path around the Earth, just a few hundred km above the surface.
It will operate in an autonomous mode, monitored from the ground. Then, in a few weeks' time, China will launch another unmanned spacecraft, Shenzhou 8, and try to link the pair together.
This rendezvous and docking capability is a prerequisite if larger structures are ever to be assembled in orbit.
Commentators say Russian technology, or a close copy of it, will be used to bring the two craft into line.
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Oh Yeah!!! Well I bet our muslim outreach is better then China’s
They should have named it The Bent One
It would be racism to start our space program again...especially when Muslims feel so bad.
“China cannot even put a potato in space.” - Mao Zedong
And in America, we’re teaching Muzzie fanatics how to like themselves.
looks to me to be pronounced
sounds like a latino porn star, or a group of them....
Oh Yeah!!! Well I bet our muslim outreach is better then Chinas
In deed it is better. We dialogue with their hearts and minds; China reaches out to muslims for live testing of neutron bombs...
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