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China’s Ambitions for Space Exploration
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Issue Vol. 27.2 Apr-Jun 2012 | Date : 28 Jun , 2012

Launch of Zinyuan III Satellite

China has announced an ambitious five-year plan to explore outer space. The plan includes Beijing’s previously-stated goals of putting a man on the moon and building a space station. In a policy paper, the China National Space Administration said Beijing will deploy space laboratories, launch manned spaceships and space freighters and prepare for the construction of a space station by the end of 2016. It says the country will continue to explore the moon using probes, gathering samples of the moon’s surface and push forward its exploration of planets, asteroids and the sun. The paper says China will also improve its launch vehicles, communications, broadcasting and meteorological satellites and develop its own global satellite navigation system.

China’s space program has already made major breakthroughs in a relatively short time, although it lags behind the US and Russia in space technology and experience. China holds up its space program as a symbol of the nation’s growing global stature and technical expertise and of the ruling Communist Party’s success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation. In 2003, China became the third country behind the US and Russia to launch a man into space and five years later, completed a spacewalk. In November 2011, it docked its Shenzhou-8 craft and the Tiangong-1 module, which will form part of a future space laboratory.

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  1. China’s missions are more like power show rather than being research centric.India on the other hand has few programs (when compared to china) but they are all research centric.For example take the moon mission of India and China.China’s orbiter was just used for helium mapping which was already discovered by NASA.Whereas India discovered and mapped the water ways on moon which lead to various plans for civilization on moon.

    • Well, try taking that as India being extremely boastful n transparent while China as being secretive in what they’re doing in the space… Try finding out the exact Chinese Space Program’s budget… It always differs from the official figures n analysts just like it’s military budget… Plus India is trying to get attention globally by sharing all the valuable informations it discovered… Plus what good does it give to the Indians apart from new discoveries? only to let the job of other countries to become easier… I might suggest the government to put in its annual 1.1 billion dollars Space Research Budget into better use like reducing unemployment n homelessness of Indians rather than making the jobs of outsiders easier…

      • Anonymous H, its going to be 50 years when soviet union and USA started APOLLO-SOYUZ joint venture in of cold war era, gradually they started revealing their secrets to each other . Now we have an International Space Station where whole of humanity participate.

        I don’t know what China has achieved in space which others don’t .communist party build unnecessary flyovers, skyscrapers , tall bridges to show the world and its people .the fact is China is still a developing country where poverty and other problems are kept inside iron curtain.

        India was a very poor country when it started its space program and there was a debate on this in India . But Indian scientists ,scholars asserted on the need of it with economic development .Now India stands on 3rd rank in GDP ( PPP).
        The budget of ISRO ( indian space research organization) is far less than NASA and EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY but they got Whole world’s attention by its successful Mars and lunar mission at an unbelievable low cost.

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