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China in Space

The Great Leap Forward

Harvey, Brian

2013, XV, 399 p. 149 illus., 109 illus. in color.

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  • Includes much generally unknown information on the missions, personalities, spacecraft, launchers, budgets, and future plans
  • Authoritative and investigative┬áinformation provided in a lively and factual narrative
  • Discusses the role of China in the international spacefaring community
  • Contains easy to access lists and descriptions of all Chinese launches and missions

The 21st century has seen the emergence, after the Soviet Union and the United States, of the third great space superpower: China. Here, in China in Space - The Great Leap Forward, Brian Harvey takes a contemporary look at the new Chinese space program.

China has already launched its first space station, Tiangong; has sent its first spacecraft to the Moon, the Chang e; and has plans to send spaceships to Mars and further afield. China's annual launch rate has already overtaken those of both Europe and the United States. Huge new production plants and launch centers are under construction, to build and launch the new family of Long March 5, 6, and 7 rockets. In Roadmap 2050, the Academy of Sciences indicates that China intends to be the leading spacefaring nation by mid-century, with bases on the Moon and Mars.

This book gives an informed, fully up-to-date commentary on all aspects of the Chinese space program, including its history, development, technology, missions, and the personalities involved. It lists all the Chinese launches, missions, and terminology, going behind the press releases to draw on hitherto unused scientific papers and sources. China in Space is a unique, forward-looking account of the Chinese space program, covering its full range of missions: manned, communications, scientific, military, technology-testing, and lunar.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » China space program - Chinese lunar exploration - Chinese space exploration - Chinese spacewalk - Contemporary China studies

Related subjects » Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy

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