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Blood n Guts

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#11 14 years ago

[COLOR=black]If by space technology you specifically mean manned space flight, then you are correct. Most of NASA's work after the space shuttle has been on unmanned exploration (ex, Mars Pathfinder and Mars Explorer Rover), the international space station and data gathering satellites (ex, Hubble). The space program as a whole has come a long way since 1981, the manned delivery system hasn't. The main reason for this is there hasn't been a need to replace the shuttle until recently. There was no need for greater capabilities and it was cheaper to continue flying the shuttle than to design and build a replacement; the shuttle was doing its job and nothing better was needed. Most of the work done by NASA involved long periods of travel and was much more practically accomplished by unmanned vehicles than men, thus a better version of manned space travel was not needed. Currently the need for a new orbiter has emerged in light of the shuttle’s recent mishaps, refits, age and the new manned moon/mars program. It is due to be replaced in 2011 by the CEV, which will work towards putting cargo and men into orbit, as well as the mission to the moon and mars. A supplemental spacecraft that will act as the CEV's backup is in development as well.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black] [/COLOR] [COLOR=black]As far as Competition from China goes, it will inevitably be for the better, since it will greatly increase public interest in the space program. Competition was needed to get Apollo to the moon; shortly after the US won the race to the moon, popular support and funding disappeared. Apollo 13 actually was not televised until the explosion in the service module. Ironically, as efficiency, data collecting ability, and magnitude of the discoveries increased, public support and funding dwindled. The Apollo program was cancelled after just landing on the moon just 6 times. In the words of one of the Apollo astronauts (IIRC, Gene Cernan) "we stopped going to the moon just when we were getting good at it".[/COLOR]




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#12 14 years ago

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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:

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Reminds me of this kid i saw today- "look at me! Look at me! WHY WON'T YOU LOOK AT ME!!!!"

There just jealous of our superor space program.;)




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#13 14 years ago

Americans like the BBC?




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#14 14 years ago

Wait a second, isnt the moon owned by the US? I clearly remember a flag being planted there...




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#15 14 years ago
The 13th RaptorWait a second, isnt the moon owned by the US? I clearly remember a flag being planted there...

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#16 14 years ago

The 13th RaptorWait a second, isnt the moon owned by the US? I clearly remember a flag being planted there...[/quote] The US can't claim 'the moon'. At some point in the (probably distant) future an international treaty will have to be drafted to figure something out. With the moon being a big lump of cheese I expect that the Swiss and the French will want a stake in it too.

MiltonmonkeyReminds me of this kid i saw today-

"look at me! Look at me! WHY WON'T YOU LOOK AT ME!!!!"

There just jealous of our superor space program.

I wonder if that's what people said about American when they copied the Russians and put an astronaut into space...

[quote=Tumerok89]Americans like the BBC?

It seems that everybody but the British like the BBC. It's broadcast everywhere...




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#17 14 years ago
MiltonmonkeyReminds me of this kid i saw today- "look at me! Look at me! WHY WON'T YOU LOOK AT ME!!!!" There just jealous of our superor space program.;)

Generally, in technology, America is like a monkey with a walking stick in comparison to The far East today.




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#18 14 years ago
The 13th RaptorWait a second, isnt the moon owned by the US? I clearly remember a flag being planted there...

And this comes from a fellow countryman? Move out of the country you brainwashd capitalist pig! :lol:




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#19 14 years ago
Großadmiral DönitzAnd this comes from a fellow countryman? Move out of the country you brainwashd capitalist pig! :lol:

Why didnt anyone notice the "?", sheesh :lookaround:

But seriously tho, i wonder whats going to happen when several countries and big corporations start building mines and shit there.. OMG STARWARS




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#20 14 years ago

Brings up a good question actualy, what is the moons components? would there be anything to mine or natural resources to extract?