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  1. Credibility lost in space?

    Posted Jan 24th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching On July 27, 1998, China issued a white paper on defence in which it declared: 'Outer space should be used exclusively for peaceful purposes to benefit mankind.' ... in the UN on keeping outer space free of weapons. As recently as last October, when it issued a white paper on its space activities, China asserted that its goals in space are to 'explore outer ...

  2. Cultural sensitivity needed- even in space

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

    ... What's in a name? A lot, it would seem, if you are Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a medical doctor who is expected to be the first Malaysian to blast off into space for a nine-day stay at the International Space Station. The Russians, who helped arrange the space trip, have no problem calling him a cosmonaut. But the Americans, whether because of bureaucratic rules, cultural insensitivity ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. FYI: When will the general public be able to travel into space?

    Posted Nov 04th 2007, 12:00am by Jonathan Hopfner

    ... of zero-gravity tennis. But paying your way into space is still impossible for all but a few wealthy exceptions. Even the millions of dollars shelled out by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth can buy only a few days on the cramped and clunky International Space Station, hardly a well-heeled traveller's ideal escape. Flamboyant Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson made ...

  6. Moon orbiter launch hailed as milestone

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

    ... a rover to the moon and back and, ultimately, land astronauts on the moon. Experts and the nation's leaders hailed the launch of the Chang'e I as a milestone in China's space 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 ...

  7. Launch sparks imagination of young, old alike

    Posted Oct 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the first step,' Mr Zhu said. 'The moon is the closest body to Earth. The success of this basic step would allow us to carry out further space probe missions.' Looking through ...

  8. Entrepreneurs aim to cash in on mania for orbiter souvenirs

    Posted Oct 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok While cynics doubt that the much-hyped lunar orbiter will have much impact on their lives, the successful launch yesterday certainly yielded up some interesting consumer goods. Be it a commemorative paper fan printed with an image of the Chi ...

  9. Brandon Block

    Posted Jan 25th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Warboys

    ... the acid house wave of the late 1980s. He hit the big time when he became a resident at the Space terrace in Ibiza, playing alongside buddy Alex P, and has held residencies at almost every British ...

  10. Changing spaces

    Posted Dec 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Sharon Leece

    ... Grace and Tim Wong bought their 2,600 sq ft Mid-Levels apartment, they knew it needed an extensive revamp. In true Hong Kong style, its chopped-up layout made poor use of the space available. Grace, who is in the property marketing business, knew the apartment had lots of untapped potential so she sought someone to help transform the space. 'We chose from about four designers, ...




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