China to put three men in space in 2 years
With USA struggling with their fleet of Space Shuttle crafts, the space exploration initiative seems to be taken over by other countries. Leading the pack is the Asian country China which has now announced that they would be putting three men in space by 2007. The country is aiming to successfully complete a mission including orbiting the space station and perhaps land a man on the moon.
The country just last month accomplished its second manned space mission aboard the Shenzhou VI. They are now developing new spacecrafts up to the series Shenzhou X for the upcoming missions to space. The next mission Shenzhou VII would carry three people and be launched within the next two years. After that, the next two missions Shenzhou VIII and IX would only carry equipment for the planned orbiting space station.
Shenzhou X would be the one, which would carry the people who will work in the space station. Their has been no time period announced for this particular mission. However, as per the estimates of the space agency of China, the following missions can take place within months of each other. They are in fact also designing a rocket that can carry a payload of 25 tonnes into space, up from a present limit of eight tonnes.