Astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming and Nie Haisheng head to a bus before boarding the Shenzhou-12 at a launch centre in the Gobi Desert on Thursday. They are to spend three months at China’s new space station. Photo: AFP Astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming and Nie Haisheng head to a bus before boarding the Shenzhou-12 at a launch centre in the Gobi Desert on Thursday. They are to spend three months at China’s new space station. Photo: AFP
Astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming and Nie Haisheng head to a bus before boarding the Shenzhou-12 at a launch centre in the Gobi Desert on Thursday. They are to spend three months at China’s new space station. Photo: AFP

China gets closer to space goals but threat to US ‘more of a theory than a reality’

  • Country has made rapid technological advances and this week sent a crew of astronauts to its first space station
  • But it still lags behind established powers like America and analyst says it may take years to catch up

Topic |   China science
Astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming and Nie Haisheng head to a bus before boarding the Shenzhou-12 at a launch centre in the Gobi Desert on Thursday. They are to spend three months at China’s new space station. Photo: AFP Astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming and Nie Haisheng head to a bus before boarding the Shenzhou-12 at a launch centre in the Gobi Desert on Thursday. They are to spend three months at China’s new space station. Photo: AFP
Astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming and Nie Haisheng head to a bus before boarding the Shenzhou-12 at a launch centre in the Gobi Desert on Thursday. They are to spend three months at China’s new space station. Photo: AFP
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