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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 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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