China's new Great Leap: into space

China’s plans for manned space exploration are not covered much in the Western press, but Joseph Kahn of the New York Times makes up for much of it with this article.

Not only is China planning on sending humans into space, but it will send up to three taikonauts on their first attempt at manned spaceflight. To top that they are planning to have humans on the Moon by 2010, in a search for Helium-3, something that may be important for future fusion reactors. And they want to go to Mars too.

Why can’t we get this kind of ambition from the European Space Agency? Oh yeah – money.