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Senior Chinese leaders visit exhibition in commemoration of late Chinese aerospace scientist


09:00, November 15, 2011

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L Front) watches the exhibits of an exhibition in celebration of the 100th birthday of the late scientist Qian Xueshen, the man known as the father of China's aerospace technology, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 14, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese leaders including Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Monday visited an exhibition dedicated to Qian Xuesen, the country's most reputed aerospace scientist.

The exhibition, named "Qian Xuesen -- People's Scientist", was opened on Nov. 3 in the National Museum in downtown Beijing to celebrate the coming of the 100th birthday of Qian, the man known as the father of China's aerospace technology.

Over 400 pieces of documents and items were put on exhibition.

Qian was born on Dec. 11, 1911 and was also known as Tsien Hsue-shen.

Qian is considered to have led China's missile and aviation programs, and he played a significant role in developing the nation's first satellite to orbit Earth.

Qian died of illness in Beijing on Oct. 31, 2009 at the age of 98.

The exhibition will run until Nov. 19.

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