China’s Space Program Is Taking Off

Credit: Chinese Manned Space Agency
“I gave that same paper at Innsbruck in 1986,” said a bemused European rocket engineer at the recent International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Beijing, after a presentation on the Long March 2F rocket. The 2F has delivered 10 Chinese “taikonauts”—and the Tiangong 1 mini-station—to orbit over the...

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