[FPSPACE] Shenzhou 2 Launch Imminent, Chinese Manned Space Program
Targets the Moon
Tue, 31 Oct 2000 08:57:07 -0500
The following is linked through NASA Watch:
31 October 2000: Shenzhou 2 Launch Imminent,
Chinese Manned Space Program Targets the Moon
It was less than one year ago that China inaugurated its
manned space program with the successful launch of their
Shenzhou, meaning "Magic Vessel", was unmanned during its
maiden voyage. Persistent rumors would have us believe that
a launch of the next Shenzhou spacecraft is about to take
place - perhaps before the end of this year.
If China is going to send humans to the Moon, you can bet
that Shenzhou is a clear preview of how they plan to do it.
Full story, pictures, and exclusive streaming video at this URL:
Note the museum display of the two Chinese cosmonauts
on Luna, complete with the national Chinese flag and
the English word CHINA in big red letters all over
their silvery version of the lunar rover.