The successful return of the unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 on Thursday brought China one step closer to its decades-long dream of a manned space station, sparking expectation of accelerated progress for the country's space industries.
Besides a sense of pride and passion, Chinese people have felt tangible changes, which were brought by China's space program, in various aspects, from the use of satellites for automotive navigation to the designs of diapers for babies.
"It's fair to say that aerospace technology is closely linked to the everyday life of the people," Wu Ping, spokeswoman for the manned space program, said earlier.
With more technological breakthroughs being made, the space program would further change people's lifestyles, raise living standards and boost economic development, as happened in history each time the human explored unknown territories, analysts said.
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