Note No. 235
10 February 2003


VIENNA, 10 February (UN Information Service) -- The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, in cooperation with the China National Space Administration (CNSA), is pleased to announce an Exhibition on "China’s Space Activities". The Exhibition will be displayed from 17 February to 4 April 2003 on the occasion of the 40th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the 42nd session of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

The Exhibition covers over 90 square meters and includes over 15 models of rockets and satellites built and launched by China. It also displays 15 panels on China's international and national space programmes.

Nine models of launch vehicles, ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 m in height, show the evolution of the Long March (Chang Zheng) rocket programme, from the Long March 1D to the Long March 3B. Among the launch vehicles on display are the Long March 2C, which launched the Swedish/Germany scientific satellite "Freja", and the Long March 2F rocket which will carry the first space explorer from China into space.

In addition, the Exhibition includes a 1:6 model of the Shenzhou Spacecraft, which has completed four test flights.

The Exhibition, located in the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre, will be officially opened in a ceremony on 17 February 2003 at 13:15 hours by His Excellency Mr. Zhang Yan, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations and International Organizations in Vienna, Mr. Luo Ge, Director-General, Department of Foreign Affairs, China National Space Administration, and Mr. Sergio Camacho-Lara, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

The Exhibition will be part of the tours provided by the UNIS Visitors Service.

The CNSA will host, on behalf of the Government of the People's Republic of China, the 12th United Nations/European Space Agency Workshop on Basic Space Science from 8-12 September 2003 in Beijing, People's Republic of China. This Workshop is China's contribution for 2003 to the UN Programme on Space Applications.


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