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You better hurry though, time’s running out. We had already told you about China’s ambitious plans for their space program, but those plans were officially confirmed by Chinese officials at the international robotics conference in Shanghai this week.
The biggest piece of news: China wants you (kinda) to play a role. For the space station that they plan on building by 2020, they want the public to decide the name and logo. Wang Wenbao, head of the Chinese Manned Space Engineering Office already knows what they are looking for: “Considering the glorious achievements of the program and its majestic blueprint for the future, we feel the program should have an even brighter and more distinctive logo and a resonant and inspiring name.”
Everyone who has always dreamed of becoming an astronaut but may never make it up in space can now at least be a part of it (kinda). The deadline for naming the ship is May 20 and July 25 for naming the station.
Of course, they’ll probably be screening what names make it to the picking stage. So no funny business or “foreign forces” accidentally naming the station after controversial figures.
By Nele Diels