Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Chinese launch could signal new space race: "Four decades after the Soviet Union—and then the United States—first sent men into space, China has matched the feat and, perhaps, launched a new space race.

"Chinese state media have reported the launch of the nation's first manned spacecraft. With that, the world's most-populous nation became only the third to send a man into space.

Chinese state television reported that the launch took place at 9 a.m. Wednesday (9 p.m. Tuesday EDT) in the Gobi Desert."

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