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Not only can the Chinese space program make it to the moon, it will get there before the U.S., according to NASA

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told a House Committee on Science and Technology that the Chinese are likely to be the next nation to reach the moon, even before the United States.  "If they wanted to mount a lunar mission, they could do so," Griffin said.  The Chinese space program also has around 200,000 employees, while NASA has a workforce numbering close to 75,000.

Assuming NASA continues to receive the amount of funding it is currently getting, the space agency will be able to send astronauts back to the moon in 2019 -- an additional "few billion extra" will allow NASA to reach the moon in 2017.  The Chinese government continues to funnel large amounts of money towards the nation's space endeavors.  

Serious budget cuts and issues with the current NASA lunar program were the main reasons cited by NASA.  Bart Gordon, chairman of the U.S. House science committee, recently said that NASA is headed for a "train wreck" if the space organization cannot get the funding that it needs.  
With the pending retirement of the space shuttle in 2010, NASA also needs to finish the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) on time after the shuttle is retired.  "If the CEV is delayed even further, then we will cede leadership in human space flight at a time when Russia and China have such capabilities and India has announced its intention to develop them," Griffin said.

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RE: seriously
By omyg0t on 3/18/2007 6:43:30 PM , Rating: 0
i'm not scared of anything, that's just my 2 cents and since you are the democrat you shoud know better than calling me ignorant, crazy, or saying i want to disrupt the atmosphere of the forum o searching for "attention" or feel special (i really don't give a f**k having you to read my coments bud, you either do it or don't) cause in democracy i believe everyone is free to give their opinion and think freely as they wish, either right or wrong that has nothing to do with the topic ... the world is not all U.S.A you offence there, and even if it were i don't think all of them believe they really got to the moon (what's so special about it anyway, even if the cinese do i really don't give a f about it :| )

"we did, it's fact" ... what are you trying to say ? that 40 years ago you landed on that great piece of rock insted of feeding half the world with all the money you guys "theoretically" spent to get up there? ...i mean, are you PROUD of it? :| ...were you up there to say it really happend or were you just lying in the bed the day it happend watching it on the television while having tea and cookies being proud you were the FIRST ones there?

"stop deluding yourself" :| ... not much to comment here, i'm pretty happy with myself.

"now, i know you're going to respond here" wtf? are you guys even PROPHETS now??? ..that was hard to find out.

"i know you'll at least consider and listen that you are mistaken" ...prove to me i'm mistaking....all i hear is blablabla we did it we did it, i really don't see any FACTS or scientific proof.

"I put a lot of energy into this post, let's all hope those people like this guy don't get defensive and have just a little bit of humility in them." ...can't say the same thing here, i posted with a louis armstrong smile on my face, and btw i'm really proud of what i said above....alas no offence to anybody...that's democracy.

RE: seriously
By CrazyBernie on 3/19/2007 1:45:15 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, it's BECAUSE of our freedom of opinion that we CAN call you ignorant, crazy, and say that you want attention. Because it's obvious that you fit the bill. So :-p

And I'm sure all those technological advancements that we made to get to the moon TOTALLY aren't worth the money we spent. Oh, wait... you're using the internet, which might not exist as it does today without those advancements! Omigosh! You should sell whatever computer you're using and use the money to feed half the world! :D

RE: seriously
By omyg0t on 3/19/2007 9:20:03 AM , Rating: 2
are you comparing the cost of all types of reaserch you guys made and shuttles or rockets you build with my pc?

*rolls eyes* yea but my pc is probably worth more ...

oh and the net has nothing to do with the moon so please leave it out of the topic ;) you actually know what the difference between internet's evolution and the cost of reaching the moon is? wake up sunshine.

RE: seriously
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/19/2007 4:54:05 PM , Rating: 1
oh and the net has nothing to do with the moon so please leave it out of the topic ;) you actually know what the difference between internet's evolution and the cost of reaching the moon is? wake up sunshine.

Actually the internet was started and developed by the US military, concept started back in the late 1940's. The goal was to provide an uninterruptible line of communication across the US. So, if attacked a line of communication would remain in tacked. Still is used for this propose, just non-military person will not find any evidence of the on the web under address…the military has there own address for security reason.
During the moon missions (which there is tons of scientific evidence of this event happening, you just need to open your eyes and read or visit a few museums’) information would have come in from several locations around the US. They would not want this to be interrupted…so the communications lines would have most likely gone down the line that one day would be know as the world wide web. In the late 60’s it was not open to the public nor to the world (PC was an unthinkable item – a personal computer, no way would have been the thought), however NASA incredible budget and need for uninterruptible communication would have been strong enough that they would have given money to the military to provide such a service, which in turn would have help fund the advance the development of the web.
The US was on the moon, not very profitable so no reason to go back…with advances in technology, (being able to refine material on the moon now, verse not able to do it back in the 60’s) it creates a possible profitable opportunity. Thus, creating a reason to consider going back to the moon.

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