Space Program (Tàikōng jìhuà 太空计划)|Tàikōng jìhuà 太空计划 (Space Program)
Display at the entrance to the 2009 flower market at the lunar New Year celebration. A satellite orbits the world, and a large ox (representing The Year of the Ox) is in the foreground. PHOTO BY ROBERT EATON.
China’s space program had its start in 1956 with the development of ballistic missile technology. In recent years, China has made important progress across a broad range of space technologies—including launchers, satellites, and human space flight—and has taken