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Fraser
2003-Sep-15, 09:11 PM
SUMMARY: Okay, as you know, I love to examine the latest speculation about the state of the Chinese human space program (if you didn't know that, then you just don't read Universe Today enough... or maybe I don't write it enough... on second thought, don't answer that). Since the Chinese are generally so tight-lipped about the whole process, it gives journalists and kooks a lot of room to speculate (I won't say which sources are which). There've been a whole series of speculative articles pumped out in the last couple of days so I thought I'd tie them all together for you into one perplexing vision of the future of human spaceflight. Reuters and the Associate Press are reporting that the Chinese are training fighter pilots in secret for their first generation of astronauts (secret's out now). Speculators anticipate these lucky flyboys will see space by 2005. CNN is carrying the Reuters article while SPACE.com has the AP article.What about their plans for the Moon and Mars? Apparently the Chinese have designs on putting a base on the Moon and eventually traveling to Mars… but officials deny those rumours.Here's my prediction. At some point in the near or far future, the Chinese are going to do something space related. You heard it here first. Fraser CainPublisher, Universe Today


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Josh
2003-Sep-16, 01:22 AM
Fraser, are you one of the kooks?

Josh
2003-Sep-16, 01:25 AM
I tried looking through the archives but couldn't find it .. actually I stopped after page two, but anyway. Wasn't it reported/speculated earlier in the year that they'd planned their first manned flight for the beginning of next year?

Now Fraser, I know you love a challenge and you want to bring in people in the know who can answer these questions ... How about you get in contact with someone from the chinese space agency and get them to spill the beans!