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I wonder how much money China is spending on their program versus the US, EU and Russia. I doubt we will know the true figure as it is a military project... but I'd wager they are outspending the US at this point in time.
[edit on 13-10-2005 by sardion2000]
Originally posted by sardion2000
Where did you get that figure. It's seems waaay to low even considering the fact that it's not "new" technology.
Originally From here!
China hopes to conduct a spacewalk in 2007 and might recruit women into its next group of astronaut candidates, a senior space program official said today following the safe completion of the nation's second manned mission.
The Shenzhou 6 flight ended the first stage of China's plan, which focused on development of space vehicles, said Tang Xianming, director of the China Space Engineering Office. The next stage focuses on developing ways for astronauts to walk in space and the ability to rendezvous and dock with other spacecraft, he said.
"Our estimate is that around 2007 we will be able to achieve extravehicular activity by our astronauts and they will walk in space," he said at a news conference.
Tang said he also expected to see female Chinese astronauts "in the not-too-distant future."