Chinese space exhibition in Manchester

MANCHESTER’S Museum of Science and Industry will be playing host to an exhibition about China’s space race and its aeronautic history.

From gunpowder to space rockets: The China Space Programme, which was organized in association with The University of Manchester’s Confucius Institute, runs from 30 January to 7 August 2010.

It will explore this history of Chinese aerospace exploration from ancient China through to the present day in the museum’s (MOSI) Air and Space Hall and will include models of ancient rockets, as well as recent satellites (including the Donfanghong series), rockets (including the Long March series), spaceships and a lunar rover.

The Chinese were the first people to invent gunpowder and ancient rockets during the Song dynasty in 960-1279AD.

The exhibition, which was developed by the China High-Tech Industrialisation Association, tracks China’s history in space, from the development of the first rockets and early attempts to fly, through to the launch of the first carrier rocket on 29 June 1964, development of satellites and the launch of the Chang’e-1 lunar probe satellite on 24 October 2007, as well as future plans.

“China led the world in its early development of gunpowder and rockets and is now competing with the world’s superpowers in the space racem,” said MOSI director Steve Davies MBE, “This fascinating new exhibition, brought to Manchester thanks to the Museum’s links with organisations such as the China Museum of Science and Technology in Beijing, reveals the history of ancient China’s innovations and the country’s modern efforts to travel into space.”

Prof Alistair Ulph, who is vice president and dean of the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Manchester and chairs the Board of Directors at the Confucius Institute said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with MOSI on what we feel is an important exhibition illustrating history of China’s space exploration from ancient times to the present day.

“It is a fitting way for us to celebrate the links between University’s Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, the Confucius Institute and the Chinese National Observatory. We hope that visitors to the exhibition– and especially young people – will enjoy finding out about this fascinating area of Chinese culture and learning.”

Following its success in developing satellites and manned spaceflight, China is now planning to set up a space laboratory orbiting the earth. After the launch of Chang’e-1 the next phases of this programme involve sending a probe which will land on the Moon and collecting rock and soil samples before returning to Earth.

MOSI has worked with the Confucius Institute to develop partnership arrangements with a number of science-based organisations in China, and The China Space Programme Exhibition is a result of this.

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