China National Space Administration ( Cnsa ) Essay

758 Words Nov 16th, 2016 4 Pages
In 2013, China became just the third country – following the US and Russia – to achieve a soft landing of instruments on the moon, landing the “Jade Rabbit” (or Yutu) lunar lander. The significance of this, and other China National Space Administration (CNSA) missions, however, has been the national reaction within China. According to National Geographic’s Michael Greshko, millions of people followed the rover’s activity on social media. In 2014, Yutu was believed to have failed after being unresponsive. However, the rover then ‘awoke,’ and a statement on its official account indicating that it was still functional was reposted over 60,000 times and commented on another 40,000 times. Around 100,000 lamented its death when Chinese government announced that it had ceased functioning on July 31, 2016.
In October, the CNSA sent two astronauts into orbit for a month long mission aboard the Chinese space laboratory Tiangong 2, marking the longest manned Chinese space mission and a crucial step in the development of China’s space program, per a Reuters report by John Ruwitch and Ben Blanchard. Barred from usage of the International Space Station (ISS) due to US national security concerns (NASA was Congressionally banned from working with the Chinese space program in 2011, according to Katie Hunt and David McKenzie of CNN), the Chinese government is seeking to build its own permanent, manned space station – which the CNSA plans to have operational by 2022. China’s southern…

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