by Wei Long
Beijing - April 25, 2000 - The launch of China's first satellite has been named by a selection committee as the most important event in the Chinese space program.
Thirty years ago China launched its first satellite Dongfanghong-1 (DFH-1, Dongfanghong means "East Is Red") using a domestic launcher, the Changzheng-1 (CZ-1, Changzheng means "Long March") rocket. The mission caught world attention and propelled China to become the fifth country to achieve independent launch capability.
The selection committee consisted of more than 20 academics from the space technology sections of the two Chinese academies of sciences and engineering.
The Chairman of the committee was Song Jian, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Other distinguished committee members included space pioneers and space achievement award recipients Wang Daheng, Chen Fangyun, Ren Xinmin, Sun Jiadong, Yang Jiachi, Wang Xiji and Huang Weilu.
The successful unmanned maiden flight of the Shenzhou capsule last November was ranked fourth in this selection.
In a different selection at the beginning of the year, more than 500 academics from the same two Chinese academies voted the Shenzhou mission as the top Chinese technology development in 1999.
The list of top ten space events:
Jiuquan To Be Gateway For China's Taikonauts
by Wei Long
Beijing - April 12, 2000 - The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) has been chosen as the gateway for China's yuhangyuan (astronaut), to reach orbit in the coming years, the China News Service reported Tuesday.
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