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Spacecraft launching into space
China celebrates another successful manned shuttle launch into space

China successfully launched its Shenzhou VII spacecraft into orbit last night, with three Chinese astronauts ready to carry out the country's third manned space mission.

During the scheduled three-day mission in space, China ground officials expect the taikonauts to carry out the ambitious space program's first space walk.  Furthermore, a different astronaut will wear a reported $4.4 million space suit that was designed and manufactured in China with no help from foreigners.

The taikonauts will share a 14-cubic-meter workspace while in space, which will be the same amount of cramped space two taikonauts shared during the Shenzhou 6 space mission.

The Chinese government is investing billions of dollars into a space program that has developed quickly and has had three manned launches in the past five years.  China plans to create its own space station by 2020, and hopes to put a man on the moon shortly thereafter.

The military-operated space program last year launched a lunar probe, which was the first step of a three-part operation for China to head to the moon.  NASA also has plans to return to the moon by 2020, although uncertainty over the development of Orion has made observers question if the United States will be able to make it back to the moon in 12 years.

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin previously admitted China is more likely to return to the moon before anyone else.

The United States and Russia remain the only two nations to conduct spacewalks, and China joining the list will be historic, government officials said in a prepared statement.

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I for One
By ikkeman2 on 9/26/2008 8:42:28 AM , Rating: 1
I for one would like to welcome our new chinese overlords!

The final goal pf the chinese space program is reportedly to establish a space-based chain of take-away food sattelites. Ordered online, and shot directly to your GPS location.
The friction heat would negate the need foor cooks in space. Those diabolical chinamen!

RE: I for One
By AnnihilatorX on 9/26/2008 8:59:01 AM , Rating: 2
I am Chinese and I absolutely hate Chinese Takeaway. None of them is authentic Chinese food, and so much variance on the quality is diluting the culture of Chinese food. To a Westerner Chinese food is that served by Chinese takeaways. That's plain wrong. It's absolutely impossible to find authentic Chinese food overseas.

RE: I for One
By Basilisk on 9/26/2008 9:35:33 AM , Rating: 2
I'm American, of Scottish/German/English genes, and I have to disagree in part: while Chinese take-out is deplorable in the U.S., you CAN get extraordinary, authentic Chinese food here just by dropping in on my friends, Wei Lu & her mom!! Their stuffed hot peppers, anise beef/pork/chicken, soy-beans & pork, and ribs are to die for -- different and better than ANY Chinese restaurant fare. Oh, yeah... that's the catch... I'd have to give you their home address and then they'd stop feeding me: me not THAT stupid! :P (WHY is it that Chinese restaurants utterly lack these tasty [Nanjing?] dishes???)

RE: I for One
By Min Jia on 9/26/2008 10:21:57 AM , Rating: 2
Do they make shark fin soup?

RE: I for One
By kingpotnoodle on 9/26/2008 9:44:20 AM , Rating: 2
Same is true of most foods out of their home country...

Pizza & pasta in Italy is different... Fish&Chips will never be served the same in another country as on the sea front in Southend... I'm sure Americans do a burger like nobody else...

RE: I for One
By Master Kenobi on 9/26/2008 11:59:35 AM , Rating: 2
Americans do an excellent burger at several places. It's an excellent dish.

RE: I for One
By Oregonian2 on 9/26/2008 1:58:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it depends where one goes to (and knowing just where to go for what -- and "when" too for things seasonal in order to get first quality fresh ingredients).

As to fish&chips, I've had absolutely great versions (strangely, long ago had some really good stuff at a restaurant near the London Bridge (in Arizona)) and absolutely horrid stuff at other places -- and everywhere inbetween.

Our local Chinese food places vary wildly in the quality of food (but better in our local "Chinatown" district, generally speaking). And although most of them are sit-down restaurants, I think one can order "take-away" from any of them.

Although I've not personally visited China (as of yet) I know a number of other people who have. Their reports is that Chinese food varies in quality quite widely there too -- not every single food place in China is of equal impeccable quality (from their reports).

RE: I for One
By Oregonian2 on 9/26/2008 2:04:12 PM , Rating: 2
P.S. - I also had been taken to small Chinese restaurants in the SF Bay area some time ago where they had an "American menu" and the real "Chinese menu" where the really good stuff is. I observed that one may have to ask for the good menu in Chinese though (I was a guest of someone who could and did). :-)

RE: I for One
By stonemetal on 9/26/2008 1:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it is pretty easy to get real chinese food from a chinese takeaway place. You just have to order in advance so they can buy the real stuff. Usually it means the owners end up cooking for you instead of the regular staff. My wife used to work at a chinese run CPA firm, so they had authentic chinese food quite often.

RE: I for One
By SlipDizzy on 9/26/2008 9:37:37 AM , Rating: 3
So you're saying that General Tso will rule my world as he has ruled my taste buds?

RE: I for One
By Mikescool on 9/28/2008 1:23:33 PM , Rating: 2
HAHA LOL, best post ever.

How do i give people +rep? Sorry i'm new to this.

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