Fuel has been injected into the Long March II-F T1 carrier rocket in preparation for the launch of the Tiangong-1 space module on Thursday night as planned. Comments(100)
China's spending on research and development (R&D) increased 21.7 percent year-on-year in 2010 as the country pushed for a more innovation-driven economy, according to official statistics released Wednesday.
A spokesperson with China's manned space program said Wednesday that the country's first space lab module Tiangong-1 is ready for launch and there will be no space junk left after docking tests in the upcoming two years.
A Defense Ministry spokesman on Wednesday reiterated China's stance regarding the exploration of outer space, stating that the country wishes to explore space for peaceful purposes and is firmly opposed to the weaponization of space exploration programs.
China is confident in the upcoming launch of its first space lab module Tiangong-1, although space launches are highly risky, said Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China's manned space program, at a press conference Wednesday.