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Phoenix_22 VIP Member

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#1 13 years ago

China, that is. China apparently succesfully launched a manned rocket into space.

BBC China launches rocket into space China has successfully launched a rocket carrying two Chinese astronauts into space, for the second time. The lift-off, from a site in the Gobi desert, was shown live on state television and included views from a camera on the outside of the rocket. The mission will take the astronauts on board the Shenzhou VI spacecraft on a five-day orbit around Earth, during which they will carry out experiments. It comes almost exactly two years after China's first manned space flight. National pride In a sign of official confidence, the launch was broadcast live on state television, breaking from the military-run space programme's usual secrecy. The two pilots chosen for the mission, Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, were selected after a rigorous screening process. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the pair as saying before the launch as a light snow fell. "We will accomplish the mission resolutely. See you in Beijing." The astronauts are due to travel back and forth between the two halves of the spacecraft - the re-entry capsule and the orbiter. Shenzhou VI, like Shenzhou V, is based on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft, a model developed in the late 1960s. It will return to a landing site in the remote northern region of Inner Mongolia. Elite club Beijing has attached great importance to its space programme, viewing it as a source of national pride and international prestige. Shortly after the take-off, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao congratulated all involved in the programme, saying the flight has been a "success". China's first manned space voyage two years ago made it only the third country to launch a human into space on its own, along with Russia and the US. The astronaut then was hailed as a national hero on his return to Earth. China hopes to set up a space station within five years and eventually it wants to put an astronaut on the moon.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4333158.stm

Interesting, it seems China isn't just focusing on economic power, but also some kind of platform for space travel. It definetly is a good idea, i would hope, for China to be involved in space travel/exploration, especially given the Shuttle's situation.

The fact that this is only their second manned space-flight and it was succesful might be an indication of just how intent they are at becoming a world-wide symbol. Especially this proposal:

China hopes to set up a space station within five years and eventually it wants to put an astronaut on the moon.



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#2 13 years ago

Well at lest someone is getting somewhere in space.

I just hope they will try to work with other countries like the ESA(european space agency), the US, and perhaps private space companies. It is very hard to go it alone and there is enough space for everyone out there(heck, everyone could have their own galaxy)




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#3 13 years ago

Perhaps its a good way of saving money if they launch a mission to the moon from a space station. The Americans couldn't do that in the 1960s, because, well, they didn't have any space stations. While building the station, any extra room they have for weight they could fill with fuel for it.

Or they could even split hydrogen from water while they're up there and use it instead...




WarHawk109

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#4 13 years ago

Hah! Are they selling Galaxies yet? I want one!




Ensign Riles VIP Member

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#5 13 years ago

The U.S. is really falling behind technologically I fear. What we need is another Cold War to motivate us to find more creative and perhaps beneficial ways of draining government and tax payer's money in two wars that can't really be won. :uhm:




WarHawk109

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#6 13 years ago

Falling behind? WTF? China is at where the USA was 50 years ago in terms of space exploration.




NuclearFieldMarshall

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#7 13 years ago

Either one of two things in space exploration will happen that will put a colony on the Moon: 1. All of the nations of the Earth will tear-down their political and cultural boundires and unite as one race. And through international -- no, global, cooperation, we will being to move foward in terms of space exploration. (Don't hold your breath) 2. The USA will see this as a kick in the ass and make a move to put a colony on the Moon before the Chinese do. You see, the drawback with the whole Chinese space program is, they're dependant on antiquated Russian craft. I mean, of the Chinese lanuched a mission to the Moon tomorrow, the spaceship will probably blow-up 10 feet off the ground, and we'll still beat them to the Moon.




Ensign Riles VIP Member

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#8 13 years ago
WarHawk109Falling behind? WTF? China is at where the USA was 50 years ago in terms of space exploration.

I am talking in a more broaded sense. The sciences seem to be slowing down here while in other countries are speeding up, especially in the biomedical fields. When religion is used as a political tool, science is going to take a beating with things like stem cell research.




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#9 13 years ago
WarHawk109Falling behind? WTF? China is at where the USA was 50 years ago in terms of space exploration.

Which isn't nearly as far behind as they were 50 years ago. Bearing in mind that doing something that has already been done is easy as you can simply draw upon the research of others, and thus you can plough through it all much quicker than the people who pioneered said research the first time.




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#10 13 years ago
WarHawk109Falling behind? WTF? China is at where the USA was 50 years ago in terms of space exploration.

Far be it for me to point out that American space technology has stayed pretty much where it was for the last thirty years... At most they're five years behind, (you've got to take into account it's already been done.)