12:46 22 Jul 2003
China’s first manned space mission, Shenzhou-5, may launch in “in the timeframe of autumn before [the onset of] winter.” Wen Wei Po in Hong Kong reported yesterday according to this SpaceDaily story. In other words, we will soon be number three in the world as far as human spaceflight capability goes. I’m watching the Chinese space program with interest, because they seem to be driven by national pride, something that sent us to the moon and the Soviets to a series of astounding space stations. Where will it send China?