China keeps aside a day for space flight


The Chinese government has decided to celebrate National Day of Space Flight every year on the 24th of April starting from 2016, the media reported,

The year 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of China’s spaceflight development, the People’s Daily reported.

On April 24 1970, Dongfanghong-1, China first man-made earth satellite let China to be the fifth country to launch a domestically produced satellite using locally produced rockets.

The other four countries were Russia, the US, France and Japan.

In the 60 years, China has developed two bombs and one satellite project, mastered manned space flight, launched a lunar exploration project and generally achieved rapid growth in space technology, according to information on the official website of the central government.

Liang Xiaohong, a former senior official from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation who is also in charge of research for China’s carrier rocket, continuously advocated for a national space holiday over the last five years.

The National Day of Space Flight is to cultivate an interest in the minds of the young people interested in space science and to pay respect to scientists.