July 2, 2012
"Enhancing China's Comprehensive Power"
China's Shenzhou-9 manned space mission ended successfully, with important tests of both automatic and manual dockings, as well as testing of their Tiangong-1 mini-space station module. This is their most complicated space mission so far, and will help advance their plans for their next space stations, Tiangong 2 and 3.
Want a peek at how the Chinese view the purpose of this mission and their broader space program?
Here's Premier Wen Jiabao: "It has profound significance in enhancing China's comprehensive power and inspiring the national spirit."
Americans would be wise to understand the same benefits would accrue to the US with a bold new space program.