Social Media Sidebar


Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.


Stephen Hawking


China paces to the Moon

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2012 01:09 AM by APM

China announces its next manned spaceflight to be launched next summer. What are the implications for 'senior space powers'? On February 21, Chinese space officials announced that the next manned Shenzhou-9 spacecraft will be launched between June and August this year. Its main task will be to dock with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module, launched in September 2011.


The docking mission will be performed manually, so that the docking technology can be checked. Then, the crew will board the station to live and conduct scientific experiments.


While European space powers are constantly discussing the viability of space stations, their Chinese colleagues are persistently treading the path once taken by the USSR and the USA: from rocket launchers and satellites to first citizen in space and, possibly, to first citizens on the Moon.


Even though the plan apparently takes more time than expected (for example, in 2002 Chinese officials announced Chinese lunar base to be ready in 2010), it is still rather rapid, since the first manned Shenzhou-5 was launched in 2003.


One may argue that Chinese engineers and scientists have had a good start with the help of earlier developed technologies that were not available to 'senior space powers'. The Chinese do admit that their current achievements repeat earlier space programs of the USSR and the USA.


In the long run, however, it is not the one who has started earlier that wins. Current plans of both space powers lack clear aims, although there are constant attempts to establish a long-term goal. On the other hand, China seems to be well-focused on the task to deliver its citizen to the Moon what will come next is probably less clear, but the answer may eventually come).


Chinese space program, in comparison with American or European, has never been announced widely, so that there has never been any direct competition. Rather, both of the powers go their ways, although to a large extent parallel to each other. However, while senior members of the 'space club' get more inclined towards cooperation, China, it seems, prefers self-sufficiency with some elements of joint projects.


Chinese unmanned missions are not that extensive, but there already were successful Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2 lunar spacecraft, also the part of Chinese Lunar Exploration Program. Chang'e 3, the first Chinese lunar rover, is planned for start in 2013.


Read original article » Back to category



Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2017-04-27 18:20:45
    The Next Journey To Pluto Is Now On more
    Posted in Science on 2017-04-27 18:12:13
    Air pollution: 'Heart disease link found' more
    Posted in Science on 2017-04-27 18:06:51
    NASA designs an inflatable greenhouse for more
    Posted in Business on 2017-04-26 19:39:18
    China to boost non-fossil fuel use to 20 percent by more
    Posted in Science on 2017-04-25 09:12:53
    Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Obesity is top cause of preventable life-years lost, study more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Light can be utilized to control gene more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Brain stimulation restores memory during lapses, research more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Wax worm caterpillar will eat plastic shopping bags: more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Remember me

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Verify password:
Remember me