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AVIATION WEEK Article Outlines Chinese Lunar Plans

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AVIATION WEEK Article Outlines Chinese Lunar PlansCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 19, 2009) -- In an article published Oct. 16 in AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY, reporters Frank Morring, Jr., and Bradley Perrett outline China's planned lunar program. Covering Chinese involvement in last week's International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the story also draws on Morring's experience as a member of last month's Space Foundation delegation to China. To read the article, click here.

Led by Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham, the Space Foundation delegation comprised former shuttle astronaut and AVIATION WEEK President Tom Henricks; former deputy NASA administrator and former shuttle astronaut Fred Gregory; Space Foundation Senior Vice President - Strategic Communications Steve Eisenhart; Space Foundation Vice President - Washington, D.C., Operations, Government Affairs Brendan Curry; Space Foundation Special Adviser - International Affairs William V. Parker; and Morring.

In Beijing, the group visited several sites at the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) including the Beijing Aerospace Control Center and the production facilities where the Shenzhou 8 spacecraft, TANG-1 spacecraft, and various satellites are in assembly, and the China Astronaut Research and Training Center. At the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the delegation was briefed at the launch control center and then toured the vehicle assembly building and launch pad.

To read the AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY coverage of the trip, click here. To read Elliot Pulham's overview of the visit that appeared in Space Watch, click here.

Pictured: Delegation with hosts at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center