U.S. Rethinks Possible Competition with China in Space
June 20, 2012 6:01 PM
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China's recent successful manned mission has started a space race debate
Now that China has successfully completed its
first manned mission
, the United States is worried that it may be left behind when it comes to space-related endeavors.
China initially launched its Tiangong 1 prototype space station module in September 2011 and linked its Shenzhou 8 spacecraft to it in November. Earlier this month, China completed its first manned mission to Tiangong 1 using its Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, which contained the country's first female astronaut.
With so many firsts under China's belt, the U.S. is getting a little worried. Some scientists, such as lunar geologist Paul Spudis say that China could renounce the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which states that no one can claim national sovereignty in space. Spudis believes that potential resources on the moon, such as water, could tempt the country into renouncing the treaty.
There are also worries about the U.S. government's space program. While the U.S. has the private sector (SpaceX) taking care of space-related business for now, there are concerns regarding the private sector's ability to uphold the American space effort without the government's support. The U.S.' funding for the space program has been quite low, even to the point where NASA
urged Congress to provide the full $850 million
for commercial crew vehicle development last October.
However, the private sector has made strong contributions so far with SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule making its
first successful trip
to the International Space Station (ISS) last month.
Others aren't quite as worried about China's position in the space race. According to Jeff Foust, an aerospace analyst, journalist and publisher, China's space program could potentially face some issues with coordination because it is ran by many different government agencies instead of just one.
Regardless, China is now a member of the space race and the U.S. may be taking the new potential competitor into consideration.
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6/21/2012 11:33:51 PM
You're an idiot.
Karl Marx identified 10 central tenents to Marxism. Since you're apparently educated, I don't need to tell you what they are, but will remind you the left embraces many, including heavily 'progressive' income taxes, heavy taxation of inheritance, centralizing authority, and in the American version control of industry through heavy regulation (old-school European Marxists just outright take ownership stakes in firms). Universal health care is an extension of those ideologies in that it requires that the government force all individuals, regardless of what their personal desire is, to purchase a product -- in this case, health insurance, but could just as easily be broccoli or carrots, as pointed out by a Justice during debates. The view that the government has that sort of coercive power pretty much requires a preference towards one political extreme or another, be it Marxism or some form of autocracy or fascism.
Not sure what you're drooling on about with universal police and military. Conservatives are the ones worried about the news lately about law enforcement using large numbers of drones.
Dont know why I bothered though, you really didn't make any sort of point, just pretended to be another wittier-than-thou liberal but said nothing at all intellectual.
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