Zhou Chengyu, 24, is China’s youngest and first woman space commander. Photo: Twitter Zhou Chengyu, 24, is China’s youngest and first woman space commander. Photo: Twitter
Zhou Chengyu, 24, is China’s youngest and first woman space commander. Photo: Twitter

China’s space programme: how Beijing is banking on youth to drive its celestial ambitions

  • It may be a relative newcomer to space exploration, but China is hoping its young engineers and commanders can lead it to infinity and beyond
  • A space station is planned for 2022, and more lunar and Mars missions are all on the cards

Topic |   China's space programme
Zhou Chengyu, 24, is China’s youngest and first woman space commander. Photo: Twitter Zhou Chengyu, 24, is China’s youngest and first woman space commander. Photo: Twitter
Zhou Chengyu, 24, is China’s youngest and first woman space commander. Photo: Twitter
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