China advances toward dominance of Space

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China has the money and resources to make some great strides in become a premium, if not prime, space power.

China's Tiangong 1 Space Lab Mission: Questions & Answers | Chinese Space Station Program | China Space Exploration & China's Shenzhou Spacecraft | Space.com
China is launching its first space laboratory module Tiangong 1 today (Sept. 29) on a critical test flight to demonstrate the vital docking technology required for a future space station.

The Tiangong 1 space lab will serve as a space station module prototype for China, which is the third country (after Russia and the United States) to develop the capability to launch astronauts into space and return them safely to Earth.

Here are some basic questions and answers about China's first space laboratory:
But they still have a few glitches to work out. My guess is their habit of lifting technology and pirating things from other nations caught up to them:
BBC News - 'America the Beautiful' accompanies China rocket launch - VIDEO
China's state TV accompanied coverage of the historic launch of the country's first space laboratory with a patriotic US song, America the Beautiful.

The song is regarded by many as an unofficial national anthem for the US, and features the line: "America! America! God shed his grace on thee."

Some Chinese people say that CCTV must have made a mistake with the music. The broadcaster has not commented.

Millions watched the take-off of Tiangong-1 on Thursday.
 
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Go ahead and develop a bunch of new technology. Then we can steal it like they have been doing for years.
 

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Yup, the US gets to take a back seat to everything. It is funny that no one notices that.
 
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Go ahead and develop a bunch of new technology. Then we can steal it like they have been doing for years.
Yes. Nothing like playing second fiddle to a new and upcoming superpower. They are building aircraft carriers now too.
 
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Yup, the US gets to take a back seat to everything. It is funny that no one notices that.
We're not taking a backseat in space just yet. We are getting smarter and sending probes that are much more cost effective than the propaganda of sending humans into space.
 

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We're not taking a backseat in space just yet. We are getting smarter and sending probes that are much more cost effective than the propaganda of sending humans into space.
I agree.
As a lifelong manned-space-travel advocate I will now say that...... until we develop much faster propulsion than chemical rockets, I can see no point in continued manned missions.
We went to the moon as part of a Cold War battle against the Russians & we have no realistic targets that would be worth the expense/danger to send men to.
 
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The nation that gets to control the moon will get to control everything in time.

That's why the Obama deliberately tried to destroy America's manned space efforts.

Robots are worthless.

Didn't you people pay attention to Al Gore?

That aside, the Cassini probe to Saturn included an atmospheric probe to Titan. Nice little robot, that probe. The mission post mortem to determine why a critical radio experiment failed uncovered the following flaw:

The computer code running that experiment was flawless, except for one minor issue.

They forget to tell the robot to TURN ON the instrument. An astronaut could have flipped the ON/OFF switch as part of the pre-launch, yes?

It weren't robots that unfurled the jammed robotically deployed solar array on Skylab, that was men.

It wasn't robots that repaired Hubble.

If men don't eventually go, there's really no point in spending the money sending gadgets.

The moon has WATER. Discovered by the United States. It'll be a shame if the nation that first sent men to the moon abandoned the dream.
 
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We're not taking a backseat in space just yet. We are getting smarter and sending probes that are much more cost effective than the propaganda of sending humans into space.
Disagreed. Sure, probes can do many things more effectively but what they cannot do is colonize space or other planets or moons.
 

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Disagreed. Sure, probes can do many things more effectively but what they cannot do is colonize space or other planets or moons.
We are several generations from doing that. We have yet to find a habitable planet. Who knows what the geopolitical situation will look like by the time we're ready for that...if ever.
 
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We are several generations from doing that. We have yet to find a habitable planet. Who knows what the geopolitical situation will look like by the time we're ready for that...if ever.
We need to colonize near space first in order to have the energy and resources to build something capable of interplanetary or interstellar flight.