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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 Aloonatic on 9/30/2011 5:09:01 PM , Rating: 4
And which generation was in charge when the slide happened?

I agree that things might be getting worse, but the younger generation are a symptom of the problems with society, not the cause. The cause is/are the people in the generation(s) that have been making the decisions that got us to where we are today. The generations who have made fast buck selling out to the far east and thinking that the TV can raise their kids for them while they live a life as perpetual teenagers.

Blaming kids for how they behave, their work ethic, their morals is not really useful.

However, it is the easy and lazy thing to do, and might make you feel better in the short term. Where did these kids learn to be the way they are again?


RE: Hey U.S.
By Salisme on 9/30/2011 6:01:40 PM , Rating: 4
Don't understand why you are getting voted down. I'm a father of three, and thankfully my kids have been wonderful. What I don't understand is why I see kids running wild at restaurants, stores or just generally out in public getting in trouble and the parents just sit there with a "meh, don't care" look on their face.

I remember the times when I heard the phrase "wait until your father gets home" and I was truly scared because I got my but whipped for acting up in school, and I never would do it again. Now, parents blame teachers when kids act up in school and coddle the kids with more Xbox games instead of instilling discipline.

Parents need to step up and be parents. And let me be the persona non-grata here and say, if your kids act up, spank the little bastard already will you!


RE: Hey U.S.
By DoctorBeer on 10/1/2011 9:57:40 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Hey U.S.
By vittek4 on 10/3/2011 8:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUmJDVRDRTQ


That's IT?????? What the hell is the freaking clip about?????? Tell us, oh wise one!!


RE: Hey U.S.
By vittek4 on 10/3/2011 8:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
China finally got a spacecraft up the wtf why did it take so freaking long!!!!!!!


RE: Hey U.S.
By rlandess on 10/1/2011 9:46:56 AM , Rating: 2
The generational free fall probably starts with the generation that can remember the great depression. 100 years ago an awful lot of people worked hard everyday, not because of work ethic, but to avoid starving. The depression sharpened that situation. Everyone in the family worked hard for one another, not for their own gain. I'd guess after WW2 we were experiencing a boom in the economy and parents, who remembered the hardship they suffered as a child, were more inclined to coddle their kids a little. All the while parents time with their children is being lessened because of longer hours at work(away from home). The model of the family also changes because just one person has to work to put food on the table. The father has the sole burden of labor so the children are at that point free to become little hooligans in their parents absence. Society catches the first generation because people as a whole have conservative social values that help mold children - they get what they need from school, neighbors, church, etc. But when we get to my generation (28) everyone's out for themselves, social values have eroded, no one knows how to raise a decent kid and very few people add to society anymore. The vast majority probably net zero gain for society and those who work hard and do well, just pay for people who leach off the system.

Blame everyone or nobody.

It could also be said we've been coasting since we learned to farm, I doubt we've been doing much evolving (positively) since.


RE: Hey U.S.
By Aloonatic on 10/1/2011 11:53:16 AM , Rating: 2
There are all kinds of reasons for "decline". You can add mass, unavoidable psychological battery, also known as commercial advertising, to the list. Influencing people and making them think that they are worthless unless they can afford product x, and telling everyone how great people are who can afford product Y. If you can't afford products X and Y, then why bother trying?

Also, the unforeseen affects of feminism have pretty much destroyed the family unit now that everyone is out at work, expectations have raised so the money is still just as tight as when 1 parent worked, but no one is left to look after the kids. So they have been raised by the TV, and exposed to the affects of advertising from as soon as they could focus on a display and understand the odd word...

Also, lets be honest, most generations think that the next generation are lazy, feckless wasters who don't know how lucky they are etc.


RE: Hey U.S.
By derricker on 10/1/2011 10:46:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Also, the unforeseen affects of feminism have pretty much destroyed the family unit now that everyone is out at work, expectations have raised so the money is still just as tight as when 1 parent worked, but no one is left to look after the kids. So they have been raised by the TV, and exposed to the affects of advertising from as soon as they could focus on a display and understand the odd word...


Quoted for the truth, also to the TV working as a surrogate parent, add whatever bad influence the kids happen to stumble upon, strangers, teachers, other f****d up kids, which kids automatically look upon to replace their lost parental figures.


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