Chinese Quest for Space Supremacy: Implications for India and the World
Radhakrishna Rao

In a stunning demonstration of its growing prowess in the cutting edge space research and technology, on June 11, a Chinese Long March-2F rocket successfully launched the longest ever manned Chinese mission with its second woman astronaut among the crew. The three member crew Sheznhou-10 (meaning Divine Vessel) manned ship, which had a smooth lift off from Jiuquan launch centre in the Gobi desert, is designed to accomplish a series of exercises and tests, aimed at acquiring the necessary level of expertise for developing and operating a full fledged, manned Chinese orbital laboratory by 2020.

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