posted on May, 18 2004 @ 05:58 AM
China to launch permanent manned space station within 15 years
China will launch its own permanent manned space station within 15 years, but does not plan to send a man to the moon, the chief designer of the
country's space program was cited as saying Tuesday.
Wang Yongzhi also revealed that China's manned space program has guzzled 18 billion yuan (2.18 billion dollars) over the past 11 years.
Under the program, China will construct a permanent manned space station, expected to take 15 years, the Beijing News reported him as telling some 100
high school students from Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau.
But due to financial reasons, China's lunar probe will not send an astronaut to the moon, Wang said.
This is in contrast to previous statements from Chinese officials suggesting the country was hoping to land an astronaut on the moon at some point
within the coming decades.
Looks like China is taking a more realistic approach to its space program, which in a way is a shame as if they were more3 adventurous it may prompt
the US to be more progressive and less bureaucratic