Posted by: mulrickillion | December 30, 2011

Space Plan From China Broadens Challenge to U.S.

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A rocket carrying a Nigerian communication satellite blasted off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan Province on Dec. 20. ChinaFotoPress, via Getty Images.

By Edward Wong and Kenneth Chang, Dec 29, 2011 — BEIJING — Broadening its challenge to the United States, the Chinese government on Thursday announced an ambitious five-year plan for space exploration that would move China closer to becoming a major rival at a time when the American program is in retreat. . . .

China Unveils Ambitious Plan to Explore Space – NYTimes.com

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