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  1. Hong Kong technology gets second bite at Mars

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Hong Kong looks set to have a second chance to prove its technological prowess on Mars. The Polytechnic University team that designed and made space exploration tools ... the Hong Kong-designed 'rock-corer' was likely to be aboard space rovers being designed by two competing teams in Europe. The finger-sized drill will be attached to a robotic arm ...

  2. Titan mission a milestone in space exploration

    Posted Jan 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The first reports of the data sent back from the first space probe to land on Titan sounded like a bad weather forecast: windy, foggy and freezing cold. But the verdict of the scientists who have been working on the project for almost 20 years was much brighter. The mission has been accomplished. It is deservedly being described as a new breakthrough in space exploration. ...

  3. Tourist may be next into space

    Posted Oct 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Before China sends its third batch of astronauts into space aboard Shenzhou VII in two years, at least one Chinese civilian may follow in the zero-gravity footsteps of colonels Yang Liwei, Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng. A Hong Kong-registered space travel agency, which arranges packages offered by US-based Space Adventures, said it was hoping to send the first ...

  4. Maverick newcomer aims to give hope to voters

    Posted Sep 08th 2005, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall By going head-to-head in Sunday's election with the politician who is most clearly a symbol of the 'old way' of doing politics, maverick businessman Takafumi Horie aims to give people hope. 'Shizuka Kamei represents a type ...

  5. Most wanted

    Posted Feb 20th 2005, 12:00am by Paul Kay

    ... Forget about saving up points for boring electrical appliances and shopping vouchers- this year, cardmembers will be able to redeem points with Space Adventures, where the sky is quite literally ... can shelve the diet and achieve weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, while 30 million points will buy you an incredible MiG-25 flight that takes you to the edge of space, 25km above ...

  6. China can play significant role in the space effort

    Posted Sep 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The moon is a long way short of Mars, the ultimate goal of a space exploration programme announced by US President George W. Bush in January last year. But the US space agency Nasa's plans for a manned moon mission by 2018 will be a crucial part of the build-up to a year-long manned mission to the Red Planet. After 25 years of success and failure with its winged space ...

  7. China's next step to becoming a space power

    Posted Oct 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... When man is launched into space, a consideration as earthly as the weather often has the last say on whether the crucial liftoff goes ahead as scheduled. China's second manned space ... of what is expected to be another technological and scientific milestone for China, the expected arrival of a strong cold air mass over the Jiuquan space centre in Gansu province was not the only ...

  8. Shuttle woes will not dim mankind's space quest

    Posted Aug 05th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The fate of the space shuttle astronauts, who face a tense return to Earth after making unprecedented repairs to their ship, has captivated the world this week. Even before the problems ... with space travel has been rekindled. A new space race seemed to have begun, with the idea of sending men- or women- to the moon for the first time since 1972 back on the agenda. US President George ...

  9. Space mission may be launched on Wednesday

    Posted Oct 10th 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu China Central Television is preparing to start live coverage of the Shenzhou VI space mission on Wednesday amid expectations that the spacecraft could be launched a day earlier ... astronauts in space. China's first man in space, Yang Liwei, is expected to be one of the hosts of the show. 'That is the plan right now, but it will depend on his workload,' ...

  10. Space chief in graft probe

    Posted Apr 13th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting A high-ranking mainland aerospace official who played a key role in developing the rocket that sent the first Chinese astronaut into space is facing bribery charges. Li Jianzhong, former president of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (Calt), which manufactures the Long March rockets, was accused of graft offences involving more than 2 million yuan, official ...




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