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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 Reclaimer77 on 10/2/2011 1:47:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah just look how advanced the Egyptians were for their time too! It's amazing what you can get accomplished with what amounts to slave labor.

We have problems and we're not perfect, but I'll take it over the alternatives. Go "work" for China's space program and tell me how it's going :)

RE: Hey U.S.
By PrinceGaz on 10/2/2011 4:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
Go "work" for China's space program and tell me how it's going :)

If you've got the skills needed, probably a lot better than the USA's space programme, both in terms of funding and future projects.

RE: Hey U.S.
By derricker on 10/2/2011 9:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
So?? Your point is?? They are going forwards, and US is going backwards, in the long run you will end up being an slave yourself, or enjoying it like you do now with all those immigrants cleaning your toilets and all the others jobs you are now too lazy or too proud too do.

Still, this fact is so evident that you couldn't come up with anything else to refute that fact than some faint poison spurt, china is progressing and your country is regressing, enjoy the fun of belonging to a third world, country.

RE: Hey U.S.
By Reclaimer77 on 10/3/2011 12:35:41 AM , Rating: 2
LOL you're funny.

The USSR was "progressing" too. We'll see just how long China gets before their predictable collapse.

So?? Your point is?? They are going forwards

Unless you're a complete backbirth, my point was obviously that China can do a lot when they only have to pay a 10'th of what it costs us to do. That doesn't mean it's something to envy, however.

RE: Hey U.S.
By vittek4 on 10/3/2011 8:06:19 PM , Rating: 2
The USSR was "progressing" too.

No duh. This would really mean something if there was a U.S.S.R.

This is Russia now, baby. Live in the future!!!

RE: Hey U.S.
By vittek4 on 10/3/2011 8:10:54 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing what you can get accomplished with what amounts to slave labor.

Gee. Then what was Abe doing in OUR timeline? The egyptians really could have used him. Then again, maybe the death would be quicker.

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