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As NASA slashes budgets, China achieves orbital milestone (+video)
CS Monitor ^ | 06/18/2012 | Michael Martina, Reuters, Ben Blanchard

Posted on 06/18/2012 5:23:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Chinese astronauts carried out a manned docking with an experimental spacemodule on Monday, the latest milestone in China's ambitious campaign to build a space station.

The Shenzhou 9 and its three-person crew, which includes China's first woman in space Liu Yang, linked with the Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 1 module, with state television showing the pictures live.

Almost three hours later, the blue jumpsuit-wearing mission commander, Jing Haipeng, entered the module followed by colleague Liu Wang and Liu Yang, the first time China has been able to transfer astronauts between two orbiting craft.

Rendezvous and docking exercises between the two vessels are an important hurdle in China's efforts to acquire the technological and logistical skills to run a full space lab that can house astronauts for long periods.

During the 13-day mission, the astronauts will work and sleep aboard Tiangong 1, a trial module that includes an exercise bike and a video telephone booth, according to media.

The mission has been accompanied by a blaze of national pride and has been given blanket coverage by state media, down to discussion on how flying a space ship is a bit like driving a car and how the astronauts will be able to spice up their food with chilli sauce.

China is still far from catching up with the established space superpowers, the United States and Russia. The Tiangong 1 is a trial module, not the building block of a space station.

But the docking mission is the latest show of China's growing prowess in space and comes while budget restraints and shifting priorities have held back U.S. manned space launches.

This is China's fourth manned space mission since 2003 when astronaut Yang Liwei became the country's first person in orbit.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; nasa; space; spacemission

1 posted on 06/18/2012 5:24:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

In the meantime we hitch rides on 1970s-era Soviet trash cans.

Way to go, obozo (and your democrat friends).


2 posted on 06/18/2012 5:26:48 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: KevinDavis

Ping.


3 posted on 06/18/2012 5:29:19 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: freedumb2003





4 posted on 06/18/2012 5:31:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

The space station reminds me of Salyut station.


5 posted on 06/18/2012 5:33:53 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

The NASA budget for 2012 is greater than all the other space agencies budgets combined.

NASA = $17.7 Billion

ESA = $5.4 Billion

ROSCOSMOS = $3.8 Billion

CNES = $2.8 Billion

JAXA = $2.5 Billion

DLR = $2 Billion

ISRO = $1.3 Billion

CNSA = $1.3 Billion

ASI = $1 Billion


6 posted on 06/18/2012 5:38:21 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925
The NASA budget for 2012 is greater than all the other space agencies budgets combined. NASA = $17.7 Billion

Yeah, but it's all pissed away on global warming junk science nonsense in support of big brother. They need to change their name GWBSA or something, and take "Space" out of it. From all recent indications, the new U.S. leader in space, to the extent that there is one, is the Air Force.

7 posted on 06/18/2012 5:49:00 PM PDT by MCH
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To: moonshot925
"The NASA budget for 2012 is greater than all the other space agencies budgets combined."

But what is America getting for it?
Nothing but kiss muslim ass "outreach".

A replacement vehicle should have been developed and built before the Space Shuttle was retired. And a lunar exploration/base program should be instituted as quickly as possible.

8 posted on 06/18/2012 5:49:46 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: SeekAndFind

Wouldn’t it be ironic if that lost NASA tool bag suddenly appeared coming in on a collision course at 50,000 mph? I’d laugh... but I was never a fan of the chicoms.


9 posted on 06/18/2012 5:53:58 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like a 747 simulating weightlessness to me.
10 posted on 06/18/2012 6:11:14 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: MCH; StormEye

Here is the full NASA budget.

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/659660main_NASA_FY13_Budget_Estimates-508-rev.pdf


11 posted on 06/18/2012 6:18:13 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: SeekAndFind
China achieves orbital milestone

Gemini 8 and Agena Target Vehicle, 1966
Cosmos 186 and 188, 1967
Apollo-Soyuz, 1975

12 posted on 06/18/2012 6:21:50 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/chinas_espionage_threat.html


13 posted on 06/18/2012 6:24:18 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks more like an on-suite toilet or closet.

Besides, this is a welcome to the late 60s or early 70s moment.

Big deal.

I do however think we’re royally screwed right now. If you would have told me our shuttle system would wither and die, and we still wouldn’t have replaced it with something/anything else before it was gone, I’d have said you were crazy.

It’s amazing how low we have sunk to.


14 posted on 06/18/2012 6:43:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: struggle
Looks like a 747 simulating weightlessness to me.

Why bother faking it when you can just steal US technology and do the real thing?

15 posted on 06/18/2012 6:47:21 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: SeekAndFind

Space boink question: What is the over/under on a possible Wang’n’Yang bang? Sorry.


16 posted on 06/18/2012 6:47:43 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired high up in the mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: SeekAndFind
ten bucks says they carry out another form of manned docking experiment while they are up there tooo...
17 posted on 06/18/2012 6:48:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: freedumb2003

Aren’t the Chinese vehicles all slightly modified Soyuz?


18 posted on 06/18/2012 9:01:46 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: freedumb2003
In the meantime we hitch rides on 1970s-era Soviet trash cans.

The Chinese spacecraft are based on those trash cans. In the meantime we have private corporations doing space flights that most nations have never done.

19 posted on 06/18/2012 9:10:37 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: MCH

prove that it is all pissed away on the globull warming scam


20 posted on 06/18/2012 9:32:26 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: freedumb2003

considering that the Shenzhou is based on the 70’s trash can, and the US is in a 5yr downtime while a new spacecraft is built and commerical is coming what do you want


21 posted on 06/18/2012 9:35:08 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: StormEye

Bingo!

Obviously China is not so obsessed with the glorification of Islam as NASA had been forced to be.

Kinda makes a difference, don’t ya think?

I wonder how much of NASAs budget is now being dedicated to the advancement of the American and global Jihad in stead of the advancement of human civilization?

If NASA puts anything else up during this regime it will likely be an orbiting Mosque. If the current regime persists for another term we may have a Mosque on the moon.


22 posted on 06/18/2012 9:37:55 PM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: markman46; Moonman62; freedumb2003

Those Soviet “trash can” are actually far more economical and have far better safety records then the overrated “shuttle”. The Russians have successfully launched far more number of rockets in space then US.


23 posted on 06/20/2012 11:14:30 AM PDT by ravager
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To: moonshot925

NASA is just a useless government employment program. Other countries are doing a lot more with just shoe string budget.


24 posted on 06/20/2012 11:32:50 AM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager
Those Soviet “trash can” are actually far more economical and have far better safety records then the overrated “shuttle”.

No argument there. The Shuttle was a poorly designed, extremely expensive astronaut killer. Even though I will admit it had inspirational value, as did the "blank check" programs of the 1960's. The Russian rockets are cheap, but that doesn't stop Russia from charging us a fortune per astronaut.

I believe the Spacex system will be cheaper than the Russian rockets if all goes as planned.

25 posted on 06/20/2012 12:08:25 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
“, but that doesn't stop Russia from charging us a fortune per astronaut.”

Its supply an demand. How many space programs are out there that can ferry astronauts on a regular basis?

“Spacex system will be cheaper than the Russian rockets if all goes as planned.”

Highly doubt it will be cheaper.

26 posted on 06/20/2012 1:15:47 PM PDT by ravager
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To: Moonman62
US and Russia lost their perspective on real “space exploration”. Both US and Russia got pre-occupied with tossing bigger and more expensive toys into space. US had their “skylab”, “shuttle”, “hubble”, “ISS” and Russians had their “Salyut” and “Mir”. All of the were a big waste of money. Each of those programs were all about spending billions of dollars maintaining expensive, poorly designed and accident prone giant contraptions in space that had very little commercial/scientific value.

It only gave India and China ample time to play catch up. Both India and China stayed out of the whole ISS nonsense and are aiming for REAL exploration of space starting with the Moon.

27 posted on 06/20/2012 1:38:48 PM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager

true!, the shuttle was going to be retired anyway, really was not needed anymore as the ISS was finished construction.


28 posted on 06/20/2012 4:47:49 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: George Varnum

We need to stop ignoring China.

China is about to become a very big pest.

The sooner we wake up to that new fact, the quicker we can begin moving in response.


29 posted on 06/20/2012 4:53:26 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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