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What does space station mean for China?

(China Youth Daily)

13:04, November 07, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.7 (People's Daily Online) --China successfully completed the first step of building a space station when Shenzhou 8 docked with lab module Tiangong 1 on Nov. 3, 2011, but what is the significance of the project for the nation?

New world for China's space experiments

It is generally recognized among the international space exploration community that a space station can provide a platform to conduct scientific research that cannot be performed on the earth and create a relatively stable environment featuring microgravity and high vacuum, which is of strategic significance to the development of material science, biology, pharmacology and other branches of science.

Furthermore, a space station orbiting Earth is crucially important to the development of geosciences and to the exploration of outer space.

"China's planned space station will also be open to foreign scientists in order to promote global scientific progress and to push human civilization forward," said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space project.

Space research makes everyday life more convenient

Weather forecasts make traveling easier and safer, and satellite navigation helps people avoid getting lost. Space technology has already become integrated into almost every aspect of people's lives.

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eed at 2011-11-07120.166.70.*
No doubt, it's very significant, because if this space projects, to be abandoned, then not only will be lose the opportunity, but it would be very dangerous for the existence and survival of the Chinese nation, therefore, the knowledge about the universe must be mastered by China, do not depend on other countries, and also the cost to be paid is relatively very small compared to the benefits to be gained

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