First-ever ‘space day’ marked by China

Beiging: The first ever ‘Space Day’ has been marked by China on Sunday that portrays that the country is attaching great importance to space industry.

It also marks the 46th anniversary of the successful launch of China’s first man-made earth satellite — Dong Fang Hong One, which was seen as a breakthrough and foundation-laying in the country’s space industry, the People’s Daily reported.

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“This year marks the beginning of China’s 13th five year plan. The Mars exploration programme for this year will also be approved. The Chang-e four project will kick off, and the Chang-e five project will enter a critical period,” said Xu Dazhe, head of China National Space Administration.

Last year, three new-generation BeiDou navigation satellites were launched last and 98 percent of the components were made in China.

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Since 2000, BeiDou Navigation Satellite System has been in operation, which makes China the third country with an autonomous navigation-sattelite system after the US and Russia.