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Rendering of Chinese Tiangong-1   (Source: MSNBC)
Two years from now other modules will launch

China is looking to make itself into a technology, military, and space power over the coming years. China wanted to be part of the ISS, but NASA would not allow the country to participate. Rather than sulk in the corner, the Chinese have set about building an ISS rival and the first section of that rival space station has now been launched into orbit.

The first section of the Chinese space station, called Tiangong-1, was launched into orbit successfully. The Tiangong-1 module lifted off aboard a Long March 2FT1 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. MSNBC reports that the module is about the size of a boxcar and is in orbit 217 miles above the Earth.
The Chinese say that the module will be used to survey Chinese farmland using special cameras and will conduct an experiment that involves growing crystals in space.

After the launch of this first module, China plans to launch an unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft to practice remote controlled docking procedures with the orbiting module. The Tiangong-1 name means "Heavenly Place-1" and it will stay in space alone for two years. After the 2-year window, China will send two more modules up for more tests and then the actual space station will be launched in three sections in 2020 to 2022.

"This is a significant test. We've never done such a thing before," Lu Jinrong, the launch center's chief engineer, was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The launch of the module was delayed for a year due to technical issues with the launch rockets. The Long March 2C rocket failed to reach orbit kicking off an investigation into the cause of the failure.

As the Chinese gear up to launch their space station, NASA is looking to deorbit the ISS after 2020.

Source: MSNBC

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RE: Hey U.S.
By Sazabi19 on 9/30/2011 1:43:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, please, tell me when has china put it's people 1st over business? Most of their people's living conditions are what did you say?

RE: Hey U.S.
By gamerk2 on 9/30/2011 2:51:05 PM , Rating: 1
When did I mention China?

I simply pointed out that with average household income declining [now down to an average income of ~$48k] and costs of living rising to all time highs, consumer spending will continue to drop off, lessening GDP over the long term.

Consumer spending, not business, drives the economy. Until Congress remembers this fact, the US will not have any significant long term economic growth.

RE: Hey U.S.
By cjohnson2136 on 9/30/2011 2:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
Think this was meant for the comment below you.

RE: Hey U.S.
By JediJeb on 9/30/2011 4:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
Consumer spending, not business, drives the economy. Until Congress remembers this fact, the US will not have any significant long term economic growth.

True, but if business is not doing well, they will not pay the consumers and in turn the consumers will not spend. Make it possible for businesses to pay more to their workers and they will spend more which in turn will give businesses more to pay their workers more and round and round it goes.

Problem is it goes both ways, restrict the funds of business by higher taxes and they will hire less workers or pay less, then the workers have less to spend so they spend less then the businesses have less so they will pay less and down and down it goes.

RE: Hey U.S.
By cjohnson2136 on 9/30/2011 4:43:18 PM , Rating: 3
That's where greed comes in.

Give more to business with expectations of more going to workers.

Business take money and charge customers more for increase profits while shipping jobs overseas.

RE: Hey U.S.
By Solandri on 9/30/2011 8:10:22 PM , Rating: 2
Funny how the other side argues the same thing: Offer money to people, and they'll take it even when they don't need it, while figuring out how to do less work. Everyone exhibits greed, not just business owners.

The key is modifying the end behaviors directly, rather than indirectly. If you don't want companies to ship jobs overseas*, then slap levies on goods imported for resale. If you want to encourage hiring, then offer incentives rewarded for new hirees. If you don't want people to abuse food stamps, then put strict enforced limits on who qualifies and how they're used.

*I'd argue keeping jobs from going overseas is actually a bad thing. Locally (within the U.S.) it's a good thing. But for the world overall (U.S. + whatever country the job gets shipped to), it's a bad thing. The endgame in all this is when wages, prices, and standard of living are more or less uniform throughout the world. Protectionist policies thwart that, and thus increase the amount of time it'll take for the world to arrive at a uniformly high standard of living.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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