The first DF-2 rocket took off from the Jiuquan space centre in Gansu on March 21, 1962. A few seconds later, it jerked, gave off black smoke and travelled 600 metres before crashing into the desert.Saturday, 4 August, 2007, 12:00am
Mainland steelmaker eyes strategic investor as it plans to inject all its assets into Shanghai-listed subsidiary
Jiuquan Iron & Steel Group is in talks with a foreign steelmaker on co-operation that may make it a strategic shareholder of the mainland firm before Jiuquan's planned asset restructuring.14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
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 than have been tipped.10 Oct 2005 - 12:00am
The Hong Kong Space Museum is considering a live broadcast of the launch of the Shenzhou VI spacecraft this week, but the lack of a firm launch time means those plans remain tentative.
The museum says it plans to mark the historic event 'in some way' but says it is still awaiting more information.10 Oct 2005 - 12:00am
The space programme put Jiuquan on the map this week, and the city fathers intend to keep it there.
Mayor Li Pei Wen, 47, hopes that the success of the manned mission will give the area's tourism industry a much-needed lift. Many tourists need a good reason to head to the far reaches of China, but a chance to see the space programme up close could be enough of a draw.17 Oct 2003 - 12:00am