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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 Samus on 10/3/2011 2:07:00 AM , Rating: 1
I'm 29 and while I agree the 'hard working class' is dying off, I disagree that its the younger generations fault for the way they are.

The hard working class generation focused so much on hard work and making money that they did infact forego family values, which is why the 60's were such a turbulant time.

The baby boomer generation then rode on the financial stability, success and infrastructure of the previous 'hard working class' and did little to improve anything for future generations.

Thus, Generation X and Y are left double-timing it for what the boomers didn't do. The problem is, Generation X is spending so much time trying to fix it that Generation Y isn't getting the proper attention the 'hard working class' generation didn't give the boomers, which caused things to screw up in the first palce.

It's all about the parents. Education, family and success follow. That hard working class generation, anybody still alive above 70, were all awful parents, and anybody between 40-65 are terrible, selfish people.

RE: Hey U.S.
By JediJeb on 10/3/2011 4:24:52 PM , Rating: 2
It's all about the parents. Education, family and success follow. That hard working class generation, anybody still alive above 70, were all awful parents, and anybody between 40-65 are terrible, selfish people.

I can't agree with this myself. My parents are 67-66 and they raised me to believe in hard work as the way to get ahead just as it was for them. My parents would give even strangers the cloths off their backs if they needed it and have often allowed people to live in the small tenant house on their farm rent free, the last time when a family lost their house in a fire. Most of the people their age I grew up around are exactly the same. Of course we are from a rural area so maybe the bad parents are just the ones that come from the city, I don't know. I just know that I have not encountered the above situation.

For me it has been the newest generation to start into the workforce here in the last few years that seem to have no work ethic at all. They all want to start with a top salary and think that even a cushy job sitting at a computer is too difficult if you don't allow them to spend over half the day surfing the internet. Plus most of the 20-somethings working for us now, I have to yell at them to get their attention, and then they pull the ear buds out and look at me and say "Huh?" I don't understand why they need to listen to music 24-7.

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