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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:31 AM
ABCNews:China Launches Manned Space Mission

GOBI DESERT, China Oct. 15 ª China launched its first manned space mission on Wednesday, sending an astronaut hurtling toward orbit and becoming the third country in history to do so on its own four decades after the Soviet Union and the United States.

China Launches Its First Piloted Spaceflight
By Jim Banke
Senior Producer,
Cape Canaveral Bureau
posted: 09:15 pm ET
14 October 2003

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- China reached a milestone in human history today with the launch of its first piloted spaceflight into Earth orbit.

Blasting off from a remote space base in the Gobi Desert atop a Long March 2F rocket, a single Chinese astronaut named Yang Liwei is on his way to circle the planet every 90 minutes aboard the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft.

As a result, China has become only the third nation on Earth capable of independently launching its citizens into orbit. The former Soviet Union was first in 1961, followed by the United States in 1962.

It is expected the three-part capsule, whose more modern design is largely based on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, will make 14 orbits and remain in space for about 21 hours before executing re-entry and a parachute landing onto Chinese soil.

Liwei, 38, is an avid ice skater and swimmer, according to Chinese news media. He was raised in the northeast province of Liaoning and is the son of a teacher and an official at an agricultural firm.

Whatever the outcome of the flight, Liwei already is a hero to the Chinese people.

But if successful, observers say the communist nation will have demonstrated improved technological competence and scored a propaganda victory in the world community. How the rest of the planet actually reacts remains to be seen.

First Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei waves when boarding China's first manned spacecraft Shenzhou 5 before its blasting off at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003. China launched its first manned space mission on Wednesday, sending an astronaut hurtling toward orbit and becoming the third country in Earth's history to do so, four decades after the Soviet Union and the United Sates. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Gang)
When the Soviet Union launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit in 1961, and having already lofted the first artificial satellite in 1957, a full scale Space Race to the Moon was begun with the United States in an effort to prove which economic and political system was better.

And clearly, one of China's aims is to enhance its prestige, said Dean Cheng, a China space specialist for the CNA Corporation in Arlington, Va.

"By the very fact that it is a space power, China already has set itself apart from most other nations, and certainly all the other Asian states," he said in a recent forum on China's space prowess.

China's space infrastructure, its array of launchers, its space industries, Cheng said, and now a piloted space mission, "place them above even the Japanese, in terms of demonstrated space capabilities. Instead, they are in the same category as ourselve and the Russians."

And with NASA's shuttle fleet grounded because of the Feb. 1 Columbia tragedy, China's new capability appears at an interesting time. Moreover, the U.S. military is likely to keep a close eye on future developments.

In fact, according to a Pentagon report released in July, China's space program will result in making them a greater military threat.

"While one of the strongest immediate motivations for this program appears to be political prestige, China's efforts almost certainly will contribute to improved military space systems in the 2010-2020 timeframe," the report to Congress said.

The report quoted a Chinese naval captain, Shen Zhongchang, as writing: "The mastery of outer space will be a requisite for military victory, with outer space becoming the new commanding heights for combat."

"It would be better to call it China's Late Creep Forward, given that Beijing is attempting to showcase a four-decade-old technology. If this is China's idea of arriving, then it's come at a time when the other two spacefaring nations have left it light years behind," the publication said.

The mission began at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday (0100 GMT Wednesday), which was early morning at the Jiuquan Space Launch Center in Inner Mongolia. A last minute decision to not broadcast the launch on live television prevented millions from seeing the 19-story-tall rocket climb toward space.

Media reports suggested that Chinese president Hu Jintao, as well as his predecessor Jiang Zemin, were to be at the launch site to witness the shot in person. Both men have supported the efforts begun in 1992 that resulted in today's launch.

Although specific details were not immediately released, it likely took about 10 minutes for the Long March 2F to carry the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft into orbit. Shenzhou is Chinese for "divine vessel."

The Long March 2F is a two-stage rocket equipped with four liquid-fueled strap-on boosters. An escape tower attached to the Shenzhou spacecraft topped off the launch vehicle.

The spacecraft is capable of holding up to three astronauts, which some are calling "taikonauts" based on the English translation of the Chinese word for space. Others are using the word "yuhangyuan," which means travelers of the universe.

Flying alone for this first mission, Liwei was among 14 astronauts who have been training for several years. Some of the pilots spent time at Star City near Moscow, where Russian cosmonauts prepare for their missions.

Although the Shenzhou spacecraft is based on the Soyuz design, it is slightly more advanced and uses more modern computers to manage operations and navigation.


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20 HOURS LATER "SHEN ZHOU 5" SPACE SHIP WILL GO BACK!

LUCKY! CHINA!

..enjoy fly,enjoy life..
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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:31 AM
ABCNews:China Launches Manned Space Mission

GOBI DESERT, China Oct. 15 ª China launched its first manned space mission on Wednesday, sending an astronaut hurtling toward orbit and becoming the third country in history to do so on its own four decades after the Soviet Union and the United States.

China Launches Its First Piloted Spaceflight
By Jim Banke
Senior Producer,
Cape Canaveral Bureau
posted: 09:15 pm ET
14 October 2003

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- China reached a milestone in human history today with the launch of its first piloted spaceflight into Earth orbit.

Blasting off from a remote space base in the Gobi Desert atop a Long March 2F rocket, a single Chinese astronaut named Yang Liwei is on his way to circle the planet every 90 minutes aboard the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft.

As a result, China has become only the third nation on Earth capable of independently launching its citizens into orbit. The former Soviet Union was first in 1961, followed by the United States in 1962.

It is expected the three-part capsule, whose more modern design is largely based on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, will make 14 orbits and remain in space for about 21 hours before executing re-entry and a parachute landing onto Chinese soil.

Liwei, 38, is an avid ice skater and swimmer, according to Chinese news media. He was raised in the northeast province of Liaoning and is the son of a teacher and an official at an agricultural firm.

Whatever the outcome of the flight, Liwei already is a hero to the Chinese people.

But if successful, observers say the communist nation will have demonstrated improved technological competence and scored a propaganda victory in the world community. How the rest of the planet actually reacts remains to be seen.

First Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei waves when boarding China's first manned spacecraft Shenzhou 5 before its blasting off at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003. China launched its first manned space mission on Wednesday, sending an astronaut hurtling toward orbit and becoming the third country in Earth's history to do so, four decades after the Soviet Union and the United Sates. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Gang)
When the Soviet Union launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit in 1961, and having already lofted the first artificial satellite in 1957, a full scale Space Race to the Moon was begun with the United States in an effort to prove which economic and political system was better.

And clearly, one of China's aims is to enhance its prestige, said Dean Cheng, a China space specialist for the CNA Corporation in Arlington, Va.

"By the very fact that it is a space power, China already has set itself apart from most other nations, and certainly all the other Asian states," he said in a recent forum on China's space prowess.

China's space infrastructure, its array of launchers, its space industries, Cheng said, and now a piloted space mission, "place them above even the Japanese, in terms of demonstrated space capabilities. Instead, they are in the same category as ourselve and the Russians."

And with NASA's shuttle fleet grounded because of the Feb. 1 Columbia tragedy, China's new capability appears at an interesting time. Moreover, the U.S. military is likely to keep a close eye on future developments.

In fact, according to a Pentagon report released in July, China's space program will result in making them a greater military threat.

"While one of the strongest immediate motivations for this program appears to be political prestige, China's efforts almost certainly will contribute to improved military space systems in the 2010-2020 timeframe," the report to Congress said.

The report quoted a Chinese naval captain, Shen Zhongchang, as writing: "The mastery of outer space will be a requisite for military victory, with outer space becoming the new commanding heights for combat."

"It would be better to call it China's Late Creep Forward, given that Beijing is attempting to showcase a four-decade-old technology. If this is China's idea of arriving, then it's come at a time when the other two spacefaring nations have left it light years behind," the publication said.

The mission began at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday (0100 GMT Wednesday), which was early morning at the Jiuquan Space Launch Center in Inner Mongolia. A last minute decision to not broadcast the launch on live television prevented millions from seeing the 19-story-tall rocket climb toward space.

Media reports suggested that Chinese president Hu Jintao, as well as his predecessor Jiang Zemin, were to be at the launch site to witness the shot in person. Both men have supported the efforts begun in 1992 that resulted in today's launch.

Although specific details were not immediately released, it likely took about 10 minutes for the Long March 2F to carry the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft into orbit. Shenzhou is Chinese for "divine vessel."

The Long March 2F is a two-stage rocket equipped with four liquid-fueled strap-on boosters. An escape tower attached to the Shenzhou spacecraft topped off the launch vehicle.

The spacecraft is capable of holding up to three astronauts, which some are calling "taikonauts" based on the English translation of the Chinese word for space. Others are using the word "yuhangyuan," which means travelers of the universe.

Flying alone for this first mission, Liwei was among 14 astronauts who have been training for several years. Some of the pilots spent time at Star City near Moscow, where Russian cosmonauts prepare for their missions.

Although the Shenzhou spacecraft is based on the Soyuz design, it is slightly more advanced and uses more modern computers to manage operations and navigation.


http://a52.g.akamaitech.net/f/52/827/1d/www.space.com/images/china_shenzhou_031001_ff.jpg


http://www.wenweipo.com/image/2003/10/15/YO0310150046a.jpg One of 3 pilots:YANG LI WEI,will become a astronaut


http://www.wenweipo.com/image/2003/10/15/YO0310150047a.jpg €Ž? YANG LI WEI the first astronaut of CHINA

http://top81.qzwww.com/upfile/20031015929470.jpg


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http://image2.sina.com.cn/dy/w/2003-10-15/1_1-1-21-50_2003101592543.jpg


20 HOURS LATER "SHEN ZHOU 5" SPACE SHIP WILL GO BACK!

LUCKY! CHINA!

..enjoy fly,enjoy life..
http://www.chnace.org/chn_logo.jpg

Message Edited on 10/15/0302:16AM by chn6

Message Edited on 10/15/0302:22AM by chn6

Message Edited on 10/15/0302:27AM by chn6

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:34 AM
My prayers are with the crew (taichonauts?). Hope they get there and back in one piece.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:39 AM
Good luck to them ! Hope they get time to enjoy the ride and have a smooth landing.


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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:45 AM
Congratulations!!! For this great success in Human history. I really wished for this to be very successful. This way other nations will see in interest in space exploration. Earth is only the cradle for the Human race, we were made to explore out into space! Success!

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:47 AM
I have deleted my last post.
It was made in haste without much thought, I apologise for being negative on what is as NTESLA said an historic event.
Please except my apology.
But I have a question, if space weaponry is unnecessary why does the US gov have an active space weapons program, don't they have ICBM's also? (ok 2 ?'s). I'm not trying to start an agument here but you know, question everything.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:51 AM
You are thinking 50 years prior, it's 2003, not 1953! China has no need to do so since it already has the capability to send ICBM over to any country in the planet, where did you think the rocket came from? The technology was there many decades ago so to answer your question, it does not make any sense. Do not look at the negative side of this historic event.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:06 AM
Gods Speed Gentlemen,

and Safe Return!

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:15 AM
i wish them safe return once they accomplished their mission

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:29 AM
Edited by Vengeanze. I removed the offending post.


hey foe, you seem got issue with other country


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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:56 AM
Welcome to the club! Its great to see a country who still cares about their space program.

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T_O_A_D
10-15-2003, 04:10 AM
Good luck Guys.

I had no idea they was involved in it.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 04:19 AM
Edited by Vengeanze. I removed the offending post.



Where have you been? Communists were the first in space.....1962. Why bring that negativity in here? This is a historic moment and I wish him all the best. I wish it were me. When I was a child I wanted to do two things....fly a P-51 and go into space like John Glenn. My grandfather and I went out into the back yard of his house and he in his wonderfull way humored me when I said "Look Daddy I see him!! There he is!!!" and he said "Yeah I see him too!!" It was only when I became an adult and while thinking about him one night and recalling that incident that it dawned on me that he was just humoring me and letting me be a six year old. May he get back home safely...and to him and his compatriots who didnt go this time I offer a hearty....


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10-15-2003, 04:40 AM
My congratulations on this historic launch! It is always thrilling to me to see modern pioneers at work. Here's to a safe mission and return! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 04:59 AM
"Gods Speed Gentlemen,

and Safe Return!"

Agreed.

chn6, a good take off gets half the job done already, but a safe landing ain't half bad either! I'm sure the rocket scientists from your home country will get the job done, along with the crew that's on board.

(Chinese spacerockets have always been my favourites at Sylvester eve and you know what they say: if you want to get big you have to start out small and that's what you guys did it seems.. clever! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif )

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 04:59 AM
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Bearcat99 wrote:
- like John Glenn. My grandfather and I went out into
- the back yard of his house and he in his wonderfull
- way humored me when I said "Look Daddy I see him!!
- There he is!!!" and he said "Yeah I see him too!!"
- It was only when I became an adult and while
- thinking about him one night and recalling that
- incident that it dawned on me that he was just
- humoring me and letting me be a six year old. May he

A really cool story, and I think that's one of the wonderful things Grandparents do best...They see the world through the eyes of their Grandchildren.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 05:17 AM
The success of this mission is something to be proud of.

Good luck and a safe return./i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 05:28 AM
I'm so proud of my Country~!!!!

Best wishes to my Country~!!!!


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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 05:30 AM
Hopefully they'll say they want to establish a permanant base on the moon and then start a race with the US to get there.

The human space pace needs a big kick in the ***.

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10-15-2003, 05:34 AM
Why do they get gold-plated satellites?

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 05:41 AM
Conratulations! This is great news. Hopefully in the future Russia, China and the US can work together to make new progress in space.

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 05:52 AM
Can't actually say anything but a sincere "thank you" because it looks everything has already been said by all of you, the congratulations, the wishes, all.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 05:53 AM
Congrats China! My prayers are with him. Chn6 & DarkSpot: a good day for you to be proud. I hope this opens doors for great relations between your country and the world. S!

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 06:46 AM
Pretty cool to see china in space, and hopefully they will join up building the spacestation up there http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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10-15-2003, 06:54 AM
chn6 wrote:

20 HOURS LATER "SHEN ZHOU 5" SPACE SHIP WILL GO
- BACK!

Is that safe?! Only 20 hours!? Oh,and congratulations to our Chinese friends...

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 07:24 AM
Congrats - /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I hope he comes back alive

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 07:33 AM
Safe journey!

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10-15-2003, 07:37 AM
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but that's good i guess.

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10-15-2003, 09:33 AM
Congratulations!

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10-15-2003, 10:28 AM
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10-15-2003, 11:07 AM
Space journeys deserve respect! Good luck guys!!!

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:07 PM
Given the prolific fecundity of the Chinese people, it is safe to assume they will be the first to copulate in a zero gravity environment.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 02:08 PM
I didn't really understood "prolific fecundity" but I think I get the idea...and it was funny.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:15 PM
Well done china!

You got the idea Ven!

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:21 PM
-- Given the prolific fecundity of the Chinese people, it
-- is safe to assume they will be the first to copulate in
-- a zero gravity environment.

Probably not the first... /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Funny we still whine about the Chinese, given how we jump with joy how the Beijing Party enforces Henry Kissenger's birth policy, to save the Earth of course.

May the Chinese be Blessed with many children for a more healthy long term space program. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif (USA and USSR manned space activities fell with their native population growth. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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10-15-2003, 03:30 PM
S! China/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:35 PM
What I don't understand is if we went to the moon why have'nt we gone back. We just stay in LEO low earth orbit. If the chinese decide to go to the moon would that wake up the space program again.

ZG77_Nagual
10-15-2003, 03:36 PM
Congrats! And please do race US to the moon - we need something to take our leaders focus off blowing stuff up and scaring people.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:43 PM
job well done! now where's the Enterprise?

I'm a crappy pilot, but one hell of a shot.

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 03:49 PM
Bearcat101 wrote:
- Why do they get gold-plated satellites?

Because solid gold satellites are too expensive.

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 04:53 PM
I really do hope that this historic event do ignite another space race. The United States as well as the ex-Soviet Union let the program die prematurelly. If left to Herr Werner von Braun the United States would've had humans walking on the planet Mars by the late 1970's, early 1980's.

We as a race, are meant to explore, not kill each other. We need something positive as this event to change all of this negativity going around in the world.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 05:13 PM
Congratulations to the people of China and the space program!

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 05:13 PM
Go China!! This is AWESOME!!!!!

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 06:02 PM
Congrats for China

I sincerly hope this makes more people interested in space again. Well with another country we can make more leaps and bounds.

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 06:28 PM
Congratulations to your country and its space program, and best wishes for your astronaut's safe return!

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 07:06 PM
Good luck for a safe return and best wishes to the Chinese space program!

A very exciting time for all involved.

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XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 08:11 PM
A space race aye? Now my country, New Zealand, has a population of 4 mill so cant afford the entry fee. Unless we pool al our cows together and tap into their methanol emissions to power a rocket, alrighty i can see the headline now ` NZ first to land man on Mars`.

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10-15-2003, 08:40 PM
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Looking good...


God speed and a safe return!

XyZspineZyX
10-15-2003, 09:31 PM
Congratulations to our Chinese friends!

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XyZspineZyX
10-16-2003, 12:03 AM
BUMP........bump...bump.......

He's back safe and sound !

Well done China.


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Hawgdog
10-16-2003, 12:38 AM
How about a race?

USA vs. China- first to man one to MARS!!!!!


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XyZspineZyX
10-16-2003, 01:23 AM
Well done China!! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Maybe this will spur the Americans to re-think their program

Agreed on a race to Mars! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
10-16-2003, 02:16 AM
Manned spaceflight is a novelty.

The tiny probe Voyager accomplished more than any of these manned missions, and cost one heck of a lot less too. And that's with Apple II technology and a crippled antenna.

So welcome to the 1950's China. Why not spend your citizens' hard earned money on something other than political posturing next time?



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10-16-2003, 03:10 AM
Congrats to Lewei and China on a succesfull landing!

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XyZspineZyX
10-16-2003, 03:27 AM
Thank God there were no La-7's in the area to out-climb and shoot Shenzhou V down.

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XyZspineZyX
10-16-2003, 04:34 AM
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GR142_Astro wrote:
- Manned spaceflight is a novelty.
-
- The tiny probe Voyager accomplished more than any of
- these manned missions, and cost one heck of a lot
- less too. And that's with Apple II technology and a
- crippled antenna.
-
- So welcome to the 1950's China. Why not spend your
- citizens' hard earned money on something other than
- political posturing next time?

The benefits of manned space-flight are economic and technological, not to mention being one of the few things we can work together on instead of killing each other. The reason unmanned probes seem more valuable in studying bodies in outer space is because we have not yet figured out a way to get humans there. No other endeavour contains such scientific challenges of every possible type.

Unfotunately the U.S. no longer has the will, and Russia no longer the economic strength to mount an ambitious space program. That China has stepped on this path will ultimately be of benefit to her people.

By the way, man did not fly in space until 1961.