China in Space

China in Space : The Great Leap Forward

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In 2019, China astonished the world by landing a spacecraft and rover on the far side of the Moon, something never achieved by any country before. China had already become the world's leading spacefaring nation by rockets launched, sending more into orbit than any other. China is now a great space superpower alongside the United States and Russia, sending men and women into orbit, building a space laboratory (Tiangong) and sending probes to the Moon and asteroids. Roadmap 2050 promises that China will set up bases on the Moon and Mars and lead the world in science and technology by mid-century.
China's space programme is one of the least well-known, but this book will bring the reader up to date with its mysteries, achievements and exciting plans. China has built a fleet of new, powerful Long March rockets, four launch bases, tracking stations at home and abroad, with gleaming new design and production facilities. China is poised to build a large, permanent space station, bring back lunar rocks, assemble constellations of communications satellites and send spaceships to Mars, the moons of Jupiter and beyond. A self-sustaining lunar base, Yuegong, has already been simulated. In space, China is the country to watch.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 168 x 240 x 17.78mm | 1,146g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2019
  • 223 Tables, color; 225 Illustrations, color; 6 Illustrations, black and white; XII, 552 p. 231 illus., 225 illus. in color.
  • 3030195872
  • 9783030195878
  • 55,542

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In 2019, China astonished the world by landing a spacecraft and rover on the far side of the Moon, something never achieved by any country before. China had already become the world's leading spacefaring nation by rockets launched, sending more into orbit than any other. China is now a great space superpower alongside the United States and Russia, sending men and women into orbit, building a space laboratory (Tiangong) and sending probes to the Moon and asteroids. Roadmap 2050 promises that China will set up bases on the Moon and Mars and lead the world in science and technology by mid-century.
China's space programme is one of the least well-known, but this book will bring the reader up to date with its mysteries, achievements and exciting plans. China has built a fleet of new, powerful Long March rockets, four launch bases, tracking stations at home and abroad, with gleaming new design and production facilities. China is poised to build a large, permanent space station, bring back lunar rocks, assemble constellations of communications satellites and send spaceships to Mars, the moons of Jupiter and beyond. A self-sustaining lunar base, Yuegong, has already been simulated. In space, China is the country to watch.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements.- Dedication.- About the Author.- Author's Introduction.- Chapter 1: The far side of the Moon.- Chapter 2: Medieval rockets to first satellites.- Chapter 3: New rockets, launch sites and ships.- Chapter 4: Science and technology.- Chapter 5: Communications.- Chapter 6: Applications and military.- Chapter 7: Manned flight.- Chapter 8: To the Moon and Mars.- Chapter 9: China in perspective.- Glossary.- Appendix 1: Timeline of key dates in China's space program.- Appendix 2: List of Chinese space launchings.- Bibliography.- Index.
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About Brian Harvey

Brian Harvey is a writer and broadcaster on space flight who lives in Dublin, Ireland. He has a degree in history and political science from Dublin University (Trinity College) and a MA from University College Dublin. His first book was Race into space - the Soviet space programme (Ellis Horwood, 1988), followed by further books on the Russian, Chinese, European, Indian and Japanese space programs. His books and chapters have been translated into Russian, Chinese and Korean.
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