Tuesday, October 11, 2005

China sending two men into space

The Chinese are sending two men into space tomorrow. They really seem to be speeding ahead, trying to catch up with the Americans and the Russians. They already have plans for a spacestation and moon missions. This mission will see the two "taikonauts" spending around 5 days in orbit on board a spacecraft that has an orbiter and a re-entry capsule. Not bad for their second space mission.

New Scientist has a story about the mission which says

If the launch does not succeed, a documentary about failed space missions by other countries will reportedly air on the state network.

Nice to know when you are strapping yourself to the top of a giant fire cracker that should anything go wrong, there is a backup plan that insures no politicians pride will be injured. :-)

Update: As expected the launch went ahead today.

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