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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 Ringold on 9/30/2011 6:49:47 PM , Rating: 2
You said the economic models of congress are demand first, not supply first, but then say the stimulus they debate is supply-side. How can Congress be demand-first but create supply-first proposals?

I'm fearing you got your economic credentials from wikipedia and CNN, but I hope I'm wrong.

Anyway, on another note, it's FAR easier for relatively poor countries (China, India, Brazil) to become middle income countries, though some times difficult for MIC's to progress to the US and Western Europe level of development ("The Middle Income Trap"). The fact that they grow quicker is in itself not an indication of problems in the West, though of course we know there are problems.

Final thing, about America's recent generations being lazy.. I think they've been misled growing up, too. Anyone paying attention to labor markets know that there are more engineering, medical and software jobs (of specific sorts) than can be filled, with vacancies having been open for years in some cases. There's just not enough qualified young people. They didnt seem to think they'd have to WORK for a living, so went to college for BS like History, English, Journalism, Psychology... And 10% unemployment is, along with older people who never updated their skills, the result. In economics circles, I've really heard no dissent over that conclusion, just a lot of hand-wringing over what can be done about it before civil society blows up.


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