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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 20, 2006 2:39:19 GMT -6
China To Develop Deep Space Exploration In 5 Years
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 20, 2006 A senior Chinese space agency official said Wednesday that China would actively plan its deep space exploration over the next five years, focusing on lunar and Mars exploration.
Sun Laiyan, administrator of the China National Space Administration, said China would study the distribution and utilization of lunar resources and terrestrial planetary science as well as exploring scientific measures for supporting mankind's sustainable survival on Earth.
Key research areas will also include astronomy and solar physics, space physics and solar system exploration, micro-gravity sciences and space life science.
Sun urged Chinese scientists to increase their understanding of star and universe evolution through the observation and study of the sun and black holes.
In the next five years, Sun said, China will independently develop and launch an astronomical satellite.
In February 2004, China initiated the Lunar Exploration Mission and started the research and development of the Chang'e lunar probe.
In October 2005, Shenzhou VI for the first time operated manned space lab experiments. China also launched four recoverable satellites.