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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 3/19/2007 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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