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China's Space Program - From Conception to Manned Spaceflight

Harvey, Brian

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2004, XXI, 349 p.


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The Chinese space program has sometimes been called the last of the secret

space programs. Although it is far less secretive now than formerly,

fascinating revelations are still being made.

This book is the history of the Chinese space program from its earliest

times to the historic breakthrough of manned flight. Significant events


EUR Middle Ages: the inventon of the rocket

EUR 1956: the establishment of the space program

EUR 1970: the launch of its first Earth satellite

EUR 1975: the launch into orbit and recovery of a satellite

EUR 1984: the first communications satellite is put into 24hr orbit

EUR 2003: China's first yuhangyuan, Yang Liwei, orbits the Earth

EUR 2007 (planned): first probe to the Moon

China¹s Space Program gives China the prominence it deserves as Asia¹s

leading spacefaring nation.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » China - Deep-sky Tours - Rocket - Satellite - space station

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques

Table of contents 

Author’s Preface and Acknowledgements.- Flight of the Shenzhou.- Origins - The Fiery Dragon.- Dong Fang Hong - The East is Red.- Expanding the Space Programme.- Communications and Conspiracies.- Applying the Space Programme.- Behind the Scenes.- Launch Centres, rockets and their engines.- Shuguang - False Dawn.- The Shenzhou Precursor Mission.-Future of China in Space.- Listing of Chinese satellite launches.- Milestones in the development of the Chinese Space Programme.- Glossary.- Bibliography, further reading and websites.- Index

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