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PacNet #42A – China’s Manned Space Program

In recent weeks, there has been mounting attention paid to the Chinese space program, as China prepares to join the United States and Russia in launching one of its citizens into outer space. This has been a long-standing goal of the Chinese space program, since at least the founding of the Space Flight Medical Research Center by Qian Xuesen, in 1968 (two years become clear in recent years that the Chinese seriously considered trying to put a man in orbit early in the 1970s.