After Columbia disaster, China reaffirms commitment to space AP

The scientists and visionaries waging China’s struggle to become Earth’s third space-traveling nation have a message for a world contemplating the shuttle Columbia’s destruction: We’re still reaching for the sky. As the Chinese government laments the demise of the American craft and crew of “real heroes,” it is looking beyond the disaster and intimating that its own dreams of the stars remain undaunted – including a first manned flight reportedly planned for later this year.