The Former Residence of Qian Xuesen (1911-2009), who's recognized as father of China's space technology, was reopened in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on Nov 7. The 78-square-meter memorial site was closed for improvement last December. Digital devices have been added to display Qian's stories and achievements.
Qian made important contributions to the missile and space programs of both the United States and China. He was a professor at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology.
In 1956, based on Qian's position paper on the country's defense and aviation industry, the government set up an aviation industry committee, which later became the leading organization for China's missile and aviation programs.
Under Qian's guidance, China finished the blueprint on developing jet and rocket technologies. He also played a significant role in developing the country's first artificial satellite.
Uninterested in fortune and fame, Qian devoted his life to rebuilding the nation. "As a Chinese technician, my life's purpose is to serve the people," he said. "If after I die the public feels I have made some contribution during my life, that approval would be the highest praise of all."