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China Launching Unmanned Space Module Next Week
2011-09-21 05:05:17

  A Chinese official said on Tuesday that the country plans to launch an experimental spacecraft next week that will be a big step in developing its first space station. The Tiangong 1 will blast off from a site in the Gobi Desert between September 27 and 30, according to the Xinhua news agency. The news agency said the Tiangong 1, or "Heavenly Palace", will launch aboard the Long March rocket on a pad at Jiuquan in northwest Gansu province. "The main task of the Tiangong 1...

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2011-08-17 05:55:00

The Chinese are preparing their next foray into space. They have built a small 8.5-ton space lab to practice at least three docking missions in its two year lifetime, reports USA Today. The Tiangong I module is not part of China's planned space station, but is only a test bed to practice the technologies needed for its future space program. Their first mission is planned as an unmanned mission that will dock to the space lab. The second mission may be manned, but the third mission is planned...

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2011-04-30 05:40:00

China's most well-known astronaut said Friday that his country and the United States should make good on promises of cooperation in space made by their respective presidents, reports Reuters. "I think the two countries should proactively implement the intent expressed in the joint communiqu© to eliminate obstacles and promote exchange and cooperation in our space programs," said Yang Liwei, now the vice director of the country's Manned Space Engineering Office. Efforts in the past to...

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2010-08-17 09:45:00

China has completed work on their first module for an unmanned space station, and currently plan to put the module into orbit sometime next year, according to Xinhua News Agency reports on Tuesday. The 8.5 metric ton Tiangong-1 "is expected to carry out China's first space docking, with the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, which will be launched in the second half of 2011," according to Xinhua reporters. Citing an unidentified source from the Chinese military, the news agency also said that officials...

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2010-03-11 06:20:00

Two Chinese women have been selected as part of a seven-person interstellar crew, marking the first time in China's history that females will participate in the nation's growing space program. The unnamed women, both of whom have been identified as aero-transport pilots from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, will join five men in China's second-generation of astronauts, according to Zhang Jianqi, the former deputy commander of the China National Space Administration. "In the...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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