China's First Space Station Module Reaches Orbit
September 30, 2011 1:02 PM
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Rendering of Chinese Tiangong-1
Two years from now other modules will launch
China is looking to make itself into a technology,
, 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
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RE: Hey U.S.
10/1/2011 6:19:51 AM
I agree with you, and wordsworm below.
One thing to mention though, is that there are a lot of kids who are working really really hard, and have not given up. They know that they are not going to inherit a golden future as many of our post war forebears did. They are not going to be growing up in an all powerful west who had almost complete dominance over the worlds resources and competed only within their own boarders.
Now they have to compete globally, and many have stepped up. Of course, we don't hear about those kids too much. We hear about the lazy kids as news broadcasting = bad news/negativity broadcasting.
However, with the weight of a massive legacy of debt, highly competitive jobs market, little chance of buying a home unless they are in a very well paid job, ditto for saving for any kind of retirement (let alone early retirement) and everything else, is it any wonder that many kids have given up?
They days when you could be guaranteed a good life because you lived in the west are gone.
Example. When I was a student (late 90s) I worked in a factory along side a a friend's father. We were doing exactly the same job on a production line, not skilled at all. He was being paid £40,000+ a year, had private health insurance, a great pension plan, lots of holiday entitlement (above statutory minimums) and retired at 55 to live in his nice detached home, with large gardens, big car, 2 kids and a wife who never worked a day in her life. I was paid £6 ph and new people being taken on full time were not being paid much more for doing exactly the same thing.
To live that sort of life now. To buy the house, to have the holidays, pension, healthcare, have a wife (or husband) who stays at home and takes care of your kids so that you can actually spend quality time with them at the end of the day, without both of you being at work and then having t do house-hold tasks, shopping, DIY at the end of the day, and retire early... You'd probably need to have a very good (and now expensive) degree and then get a very good job too, the likes of which there are not many of.
If the older generation take take take and keep screwing over the next generation, what did they think would happen?
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