Top 10 manned space exploration news in 2009 selected by Chinese astronauts

On January 23, 2010, Chinese magazine “Astronaut” announced its selection of “Top 10 manned space exploration news in 2009” (2009年十大载人航天新闻). It is the first such activity by a combined committee of Chinese astronauts and experts in manned missions. The committee of 48 people includes; Lu Shanguang(陈善广), Liu Yu (刘宇), Qin Wenbo (秦文波) and six Chinese astronauts. Yang Liwei (杨利伟) read the announcement. The result is:


  1. China started the second round of hangtianyuan (astronaut) candidates selection and allowed females for the first time;
  2. It is confirmed for the first time that there is water on the Moon;
  3. Mars-500 experiment simulating manned flight to Mars finished its second, 105-day stage experiment;
  4. The construction of China’s fourth space launch site — Hainan space launch site started;
  5. US Ares I-X successfully completed a test launch;
  6. Russian Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center is transferred to Russian Federal Space Agency from the Defense Ministry;
  7. Japan launched its first H-II Transfer Vehiclesuccessfully;
  8. Internal Space Station is staffed to its full capacity of six members for the first time;
  9. European Astronaut Corps selected six new astronauts for the first time after its establishment;
  10. Hubble Space Telescope had its last service mission.

It is interesting to see that two pieces of China related news ranked No 1. and No. 4 and Hubble service mission is the last one. The USA is mentioned only once even though many of them are related to NASA (see No. 2, 5, 8 and 10).

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