China Wants to Join International Space Station Project
October 16, 2007 4:03 PM
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China wants in, but the U.S. may not allow it
Chinese space officials today announced the country is still willing to work alongside the United States on extraterrestrial endeavors, especially the International Space Station.
"We sincerely hope to conduct cooperation with the United States in the field of space," said Li Xueyong, Vice Minister of Space and Technology. "At some point
we hope to take part in the activities
relating to international space stations."
Sixteen nations are currently involved in the ISS project, but China is not one of them even though the country has one of the fastest growing space programs in the world. China would ultimately like to have an astronaut stationed on the ISS in the future, but must convince the United States and other partners to allow a communist nation to be allowed to participate in the project.
Li did not clearly specify how China hopes to help the participating nations work on the ISS.
State media in China reported the country plans to launch its first lunar probe before November, only weeks after Japan launched one into orbit. In 2003, China became the third nation to successfully launch an astronaut into orbit with no help from other nations.
There is growing concern over the country's expanding space program, which reached a new level after China announced it had
destroyed an old satellite last January
by shooting a land-based missile to destroy it. Critics of the launch claim China could theoretically launch a missile to destroy active military satellites, though Chinese officials still claim the nation has only peaceful plans for space.
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10/17/2007 9:35:06 AM
I see a lot of name calling but refusal of looking at the big picture. China is only interested in China. The free and open society of the US and other free contributors are coming up with Solar power from space and it is known that the moon contains Helium 3. Something that will power earth for a billion years… And now we are just suppose to OK to a communist government that has its military trying to crack and hack our military and financial computer infrastructure… Also, the US has made dramatic steps towards colonizing MARS. I can’t wait to the American flag planted there first
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