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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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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). :-)


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