外文标题：China's missile hits highest suborbital level since 1976: Scientist
WASHINGTON: China launched a large missile on Monday that reached 6,200 miles (10,000 km) above the earth, its highest suborbital launch since 1976, according to a US scientist at Harvard University.
Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said the rocket was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in western China, and China said the rocket carried a science payload which studied the earth's magnetosphere.
He said the rocket could possibly be used in the future to carry an anti-satellite payload on a similar trajectory, but there was no evidence to indicate the launch was intended to test such a capability.
The United States remains concerned about China's development of anti-satellite capabilities after it shot a missile at one of its own defunct satellites in orbit in 2007, creating an enormous amount of debris in space.
Monday's rocket launch was similar to launches using the Blue Scout Junior rocket that were conducted by the US Air Force in the 1960s for research on the Earth's magnetosphere, McDowell said in an emailed response to questions.
The launch came less than a week after US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter unveiled what he called a "long overdue" effort to safeguard U.S. national security satellites and develop ways to counter the space capabilities of potential adversaries.
The Pentagon also released an 83-page report on Chinese military developments that highlighted China's increasing space capabilities and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis.
A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the Chinese rocket launch.
Congratulations Beijing, no matter diplomatic relations between India and China aren't the best but still I feel happy to see an Asian country standing face to face against western powers. I really hope we can sort out differences and help in mutual development.
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Punebetterthanmumbai (Pune) replies to vswami11
China, South Korea, and Japan are the only Asian countries that can stand up to the west. We're getting there at a snail pace
Sunny (Dubai) replies to vswami11
U chino b*st**d
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Rock (Mumbai) replies to Sunny
Praise their achievement and devlopment which they are moving , not like India, where every project is either hit by scam or delayed.
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fw (india) replies to Rock
LOL....If development at any cost is all that matters, then please f*** off to China. Enjoy, the freedom of being arrested for expressing you opinion. You sit here and criticize India because India gives you the privilege to do so.
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vswami11 replies to Sunny
see that's the problem, if an Indian praises China then Indians have problem and they use filthy language as well. Sunny grow up and face facts...
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ramchandran ramchandran (pune)
This effort by Chineese to to launch a missile to reach space orbit, is a preamble to blind the US system of statilites controlling the movement of thire war machine from active funtion in the event of full fledged confrontation with US in future or thier ability to come to the resucue of its victim in activily helping or participating. US may or may not realise it, but we in India must have similar deterent capable to destroy enimies statilite over looking our war efforts without further delay.. In this matter our scientist are quiet capable enough to devolope suitable deterent to the latest threat without delay, we can do it w/o any external aid. ramchandran pune
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Benci (Kuala Lumpur ) replies to ramchandran ramchandran
LOL. "In this matter our scientists are quite capable enough to develop suitable deterrent.....w/ external aid ...."? What make you so sure? When will that happen? Do you know the detaied technological requirements?
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50 cents brigade (Malaysia)
Facts: China so-called debris in space only amounted to 10%, and the rest of these space debris can attributed to US and Russia. The problem with western American Propaganda, they never tell the whole truth. Just like American continue used of torture around the world. Check out the Afghan video.
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Abhishek Hindustani (Pune, Maharashtra)
I am hugely impressed by these Chinese milestones ! When will the corrupt Indian Democracy will let this feat happen !
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Ishan Kaul (lugansk) replies to Abhishek Hindustani
we also have a satellite killer missile program already in place in advance stages confirmed by the drdo chief watch the video its already on you tube..
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A battle for supremacy establishment from space.
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Can’t we have missile resistant satellite or something like stealth satellite ? Satellite are very much vital for any country, may not necessarily for warfare but for domestic use ranging from basic communication to medical. Protecting satellite is very much essential.
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murali Krishnan (Bangalore)
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