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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
By mindless1 on 3/20/2007 12:24:30 AM , Rating: 2
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
By typo101 on 3/20/2007 6:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
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
By Ringold on 3/20/07, Rating: 0
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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