What they need is some catchy music for the live stream of the initial launch and dock. I wonder if Brian May and Eddie Van Halen are available - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjijteu0gcQ
The Director of Jiuquan Launch Center claims that China is set to build a space station by snapping together four spaceships (Shenzhou 7, 8, 9, and 10), to be launched sequentially, according to a report by Hong Kong newspaper the Ming Pao Daily News. Though other reports indicate that taikonauts aboard Shenzhou 7 will return …
All the previous Shenzou have left their orbital compartments in orbit after their mission. Unlike the equivalent module on the Russian Soyuz, those on the Shenzou have their own solar panels and manouevering thrusters that lets them act as independent spacecraft for two or three months.
It's possible that Shenzou 8 and 9 will have larger orbital compartments as they don't need the re-entry modules due to being flown un-manned. The Russians did something similar to build and deliver the Pirs docking and airlock module to the ISS.
it'll be cheap and crap and fall apart within a few months..that's if everyone doesn't get poisoned by using it, like so many chinese products!
still, it's better that they spunk their money on space trips and not better land forces, back here on planet earth..with a estimated miltary of 200m, that scares me more than them going into space..
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