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  1. Time to unite in the exploration of space

    Posted May 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... exploration of space, and to prevent its militarisation. ... Space enthusiasts are not the only ones captivated by the stunning images of Mars beamed back to Earth by the Nasa lander Phoenix. Chinese scientists are, no doubt, tracking every ...

  2. Can China really afford its space ambitions?

    Posted Aug 05th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... present form, bucks one significant trend in space exploration. Its emphasis on transporting humans comes at a time when many are calling for the majority of resources to be devoted to unmanned ... China is no different from many other countries when it comes to the way it views its space programme. Here as elsewhere, the programme is wrapped up in ideas of scientific progress, ...

  3. China's high-stakes race for space's strategic ground

    Posted Jul 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... countries in the emerging global space race is China, which views space exploration not only as the cornerstone of its national efforts in scientific and technological innovation, but also as vital ... Michael Raska With the final landing of the space shuttle Atlantis, the US has effectively lost its independent capacity to launch human space flights until it puts other systems in place. ...

  4. Moon orbiter launch hailed as milestone

    Posted Oct 25th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... exploration. The launch will heat up an Asian space race. The blastoff at 6.05pm, from the Xichang satellite launch centre in Sichuan province, of a Long March 3A rocket carrying the orbiter ... exploration with the world. 'China will not be involved in a moon race with any other country,' Mr Luan told Xinhua. In 2003 China became the third country to launch a man into space aboard ...

  5. Launch hits new level of precision

    Posted Nov 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com An unmanned spacecraft that was launched from Jiuquan, Gansu, yesterday set a record for precise space delivery, underlining China's ability ... deliver a payload to any location, which means we can also bring down any object in near space.' The Chinese military conducted a test in 2007, destroying an out-of-service weather satellite ...

  6. Openness can head off a new space race

    Posted Mar 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Beijing must temper such developments with caution to avoid a space race with the US and other competitors exploring the solar system. Venturing into space is a multi-faceted enterprise, after ... heights in exploring space for a quarter-century, they also came ever closer to war as their technological breakthroughs translated into military developments. China must tread carefully to avoid ...

  7. Space scientists cautious over manned moon landing

    Posted Oct 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with allowing astronauts to walk in space, the docking and return of spacecraft, and the survival of astronauts on the moon. 'We don't possess those technologies for now, and we cannot solve ... by 2017. Amid speculation that China is joining the United States, Europe, Japan and India in a new space race to send astronauts to the moon, China has been keen to emphasise its 'peaceful ...

  8. The space race nobody wanted

    Posted Feb 14th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Mainland China has been exceedingly careful to assure the world that its rise will be peaceful. But it shot itself in the foot with its space test last month, which demolished ... consistently advocated the peaceful development of outer space and opposes the arming of space and military competition in space.' Now we know that Beijing was secretly working on space weapons ...

  9. Wrestling with the spectre of an arms race in space

    Posted Jan 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Deep Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... Deep Kisor Datta-Ray China's anti-satellite missile test might appear to mark a dramatic about-face from its decade-long denunciation of weapons in space. Arguably, however, the controversy would never have occurred if the US had heeded international calls- China's voice being the loudest- for a treaty to protect space. That bid having failed, Beijing's move must ...

  10. Space city in the desert not so secret

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre binglin.chen@scmp.com Dongfeng Space City sounds hi-tech but it looks plain. If not for a few long-range missiles painted with Maoist slogans standing on roadside lawns, a visitor would hardly know that this little town in the heart of the Gobi desert was the birthplace of China's missile and space programmes, and still one ...




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