China is asking the public to help come up with a name and logo for its future space station. The appeal issued on Tuesday is a sign of growing confidence in its space program, eight years after China joined Russia and the United States as only the third country to put a human into orbit.
Two additional Chinese manned missions have followed, most recently in 2008 featuring the program's first-ever space walk.
China expects to launch the space station's first module later this year, followed by a manned spacecraft to dock with it. Names are being sought for the station, its command module, two laboratory modules and supply ship. The program is also seeking new logos for the station and the manned space program.