'100 day countdown' to China's first astronaut

China seems the be the only country in the world currently looking ‘up’. China is on course to become only the third nation ever to place a human in space, following press reports that the first crewed flight will take place in 100 days.

A government source told the state-controlled news service Wen Wei Po that the launch would take place within this timeframe. No official date for launch has been set.

There has already been some speculation that China’s National Space Administration may target 1 October, the date on which the People’s Republic of China was founded.