Shenzhou Space

Space writer Morris Jones ponders shuttles and Shenzhou, and the future of the Chinese space program in light of "NASA's woes" and the upcoming Chinese manned launch.

(In related news, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation says the country's first lunar orbiter is scheduled for a
fly-by mission in 2007.)

By the way, for your reference, here's the
Chinese space policy.

And that
Shenzhou (which I think means divine vessel) is a pretty cool
太空飞船 (which I think means spaceship).

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