NASA: China May Reach Moon Before U.S. Returns
March 17, 2007 8:17 PM
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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: It's all about safety
3/20/2007 12:24:30 AM
For each "example" of someone who managed to make it from nothing to graduated and self-supporting in an applicable field, there are thousands of those who don't, who made the right choices and worked as hard. There is a finite combination of opportunities enough to allow a few, but not anyone who would like to, to succeed in this situation. The rest may even get through school then find there is already a job shortage because so many jobs are being outsourced offshore. The % of those graduated from college is higher than past years but the average debt is up and study of sciences declining. On an absolte scale the population has to have a similar number of people making "good" choices, but the results are not there, more needs done.
RE: It's all about safety
3/20/2007 6:31:37 PM
most college graduates that I know who are in debt are so because they are pure bred consumers with a credit card. (actually, that applies to almost everybody i know who is in debt)
RE: It's all about safety
3/20/2007 9:46:37 PM
There are always jobs available -- it's an issue of finding one, and if the economy is in an extremely sour point (which hasn't been the case since, what, the 80s here in America?), then it's a matter of living responsibly with the meagre income that flipping burgers at McDonalds allows until such a time that the economy is back on its feet.
I live in Florida, a state with primarily a lousy service-based economy, and I've never seen a motivated person, intelligent or not, fail to get some place. If it were easy to be a 'winner', then we'd all be 'winners'. As someone else pointed out, your debt thing is false; thats another example of personal responsibility (in this case, a failure of it). I've managed to cut my expenses back at times to levels that shock my friends -- it's a matter of sacrifice and work to reach a goal. The idea that the economic "pie" is only so big is very much a European one, and very much false.
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