Chinese Spacecraft Returns
Posted by Peter W. Schramm
The fourth unmanned spacecraft the Chinese have sent into orbit has returned to earth. Apprently all went well. It is thought that this was the last Chinese unmanned spacecraft that will go up and the next one will be manned with a "taikonaut" sometime later this year. That would make the Chinese only the third country, after Russia and the U.S., to have sent a man into space.
10:54 PM / January 5, 2003
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The fact that China is going to send a man into space is no doubt interesting from a geopolitical standpoint. But almost as interesting is that fact that November 2000 was the last time (in human history?) that there was no person living outside the Earths atmosphere. Ever since then we have sent new people outside the atmosphere before bringing the old ones down. This may not seem like a long streak to someone who thinks in terms of the longevity of Aristotle, but in football terms this is pretty good... just ask a Miami fan.