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Monday, October 17, 2016

China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the start of operations by a full-bore facility six years from now. It is the sixth time China has launched astronauts into space and the duration will be the longest by far. China was prevented from participating in the International Space Station, mainly due to the U.S. concerns over the Chinese space program's strongly military character. Chinese officials are now looking to internationalize their own program by offering to help finance other countries' missions to Tiangong 2.

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China's space programme also opened its massive fourth spacecraft launch site at Wenchang on China's southernmost island province of Hainan in June. It was inaugurated with the launch of the newly developed Long March 7 rocket that was hailed as a breakthrough in the use of safer, more environmentally friendly fuels.

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Meanwhile here in the US, we are more worried about 2 dogs fighting over a bone.

One dog can't stop grabbing women by the you know what.... the other dog likes sending and deleting secret emails when it thinks everyone else is sleeping.

If this country put in half the effort it puts into this circus, we would have a moon base at least by now.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2016-10-17 08:02 AM | Reply

China is a joke. I wouldn't go up into space in a Chinese rocket if you paid me a million bucks.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2016-10-17 12:47 PM | Reply

YOU wouldn't be allowed in ANY rocket even if you paid them a million dollars.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2016-10-17 01:04 PM | Reply

YOU wouldn't be allowed in ANY rocket even if you paid them a million dollars.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain

But, you could go. YOU wouldn't even be affected by the resulting brain damage.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-10-17 07:27 PM | Reply

I wonder if they serve free beer on Chinese space rockets, like they do on their airlines?

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2016-10-17 10:39 PM | Reply

YOU wouldn't even be affected by the resulting brain damage.

Of course not. I'll still be protected by the earth's magnetosphere in near earth orbit....

Looks like YOU are already brain damaged since you can't read.

Will you start questioning the crew because you suddenly find Chinese people in space "suspicious"?

free beer on Chinese space rockets

Only free chop suey. Take it or leave it.

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2016-10-18 12:11 AM | Reply

Isn't it just wonderful how American workers and consumers have financed the development of the Chinese space program/military and made US corporate outsourcers rich?

#7 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2016-10-18 05:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Isn't it just wonderful how American workers and consumers have financed the development of the Chinese space program/military and made US corporate outsourcers rich?

ummm.... Don't forget the American Taxpayer...

DOD buys...Helmets, BDU's, Boots, Ammo of all sorts, Spare Parts of all sorts.... even small rocket motors for various missiles.

The new TPP Ms. Clinton will pass will allow the Chinese to sell fully assembled systems, not just sub-assemblies. Fully functioning aircraft and jet engines.

I wouldn't go up into space in a Chinese rocket if you paid me a million bucks.

You may not have a choice. Quite a few airlines now do major C checks in Mexico where it;s common to use cheaper non certified Chinese aircraft replacement parts..

As every day passes, there is an increasing likelyhood you'll find yourself sitting in an empty cornfield next to a faulty hydrolic booster pump proudly stating "made in China."

At least there's free beer...

#8 | Posted by Pegasus at 2016-10-18 12:32 PM | Reply

hailed as a breakthrough in the use of safer, more environmentally friendly fuels.

Ummmmm all the info I can find says the first and second stage is RP-1/LOX and the optional third stage is a modified hydrazine/dinitrogen tetroxide mix.

How is this a breakthrough considering RP-1/LOX propellant systems have been around since the 60's and any hydrazine mixture is far from environmentally friendly?

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2016-10-18 01:57 PM | Reply

The exploration and research opportunities which a solid national manufacturing base opens up are endless.

#10 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-10-18 10:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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