Chinese rocket science began more than 1000 years ago.
Even before the 9th Century, Chinese alchemists were working on what became the invention of gunpowder which led to the development of the first rocket.
The first recorded use of a rocket in battle was by the Chinese in 1232 against the Mongol hordes at Kai Feng Fu.
The first reliable scholarly reference to rockets in China states that in 998 A.D. a man named Tang Fu invented a rocket of a new kind having an iron head.
Yesterday’s launch by China of the Tiangong-1 space lab in the Gobi Desert foresees a whole new era of rocket science development in China.