China’s Tiangong-2 space lab is launched on a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert on September 15. The lab is equipped with 14 space instruments including a cold atomic clock, developed by researchers in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

For scientists reaching for the stars, China offers leg-up – with litmus test

As government budgets for space exploration tighten in the US and Europe, researchers are increasingly looking to Beijing’s national programme. But the bar for taking part is rising

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China’s Tiangong-2 space lab is launched on a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert on September 15. The lab is equipped with 14 space instruments including a cold atomic clock, developed by researchers in Shanghai. Photo: AFP
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