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China ready for next space leap
BBC News ^
| 28 September 2011
| Jonathan Amos
Posted on 09/28/2011 5:36:20 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
China is taking a stepped approach to the development of its human spaceflight programme
China is about to launch its first space laboratory, Tiangong-1.
The 10.5m-long, cylindrical module will be unmanned for the time being, but the country's astronauts, or yuhangyuans, are expected to visit it next year.
Tiangong-1 will demonstrate the critical technologies needed by China to build a fully fledged space station - something it has promised to do at the end of the decade.
The space lab is set to ride to orbit atop a Long March 2F rocket.
State media say the lift-off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu Province is likely to occur between 21:16 and 21:31 local time (13:16-13:31 GMT).
The Long March will put Tiangong in a near-circular path around the Earth, just a few hundred km above the surface.
It will operate in an autonomous mode, monitored from the ground. Then, in a few weeks' time, China will launch another unmanned spacecraft, Shenzhou 8, and try to link the pair together.
This rendezvous and docking capability is a prerequisite if larger structures are ever to be assembled in orbit.
Commentators say Russian technology, or a close copy of it, will be used to bring the two craft into line.
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Oh Yeah!!! Well I bet our muslim outreach is better then China’s
posted on 09/28/2011 5:41:47 PM PDT
(No matter what, AB0 in 2012.)
They should have named it The Bent One
posted on 09/28/2011 5:47:29 PM PDT
by al baby
(Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
It would be racism to start our space program again...especially when Muslims feel so bad.
posted on 09/28/2011 5:51:10 PM PDT
(President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
posted on 09/28/2011 5:53:51 PM PDT
by Army Air Corps
(Four fried chickens and a coke)
To: Jack Hydrazine; ELS; ToxicMich; Art in Idaho; TheOldLady; Oiao; nepppen; Vaquero; ...
posted on 09/28/2011 6:10:29 PM PDT
(What has Ron Paul done in Congress??)
“China cannot even put a potato in space.” - Mao Zedong
Part of me wants to throw a jab because the capabilities of this station are less than what we and the Russians were putting up in the early 1970s. And we were doing rendezvous and docking in 1965.
On the other hand at least they are flying. The fact that we did it better and did it first are of little comfort. The fact is they are doing it now, and we are not. Nor will NASA be flying for another decade, except as cargo on a Russian or Chinese ship. Space-X may be able to fly, but only if NASA is willing to pay for it. And NASA suffers from a serious case of the Not Build Here blues.
posted on 09/28/2011 6:23:17 PM PDT
(There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
And in America, we’re teaching Muzzie fanatics how to like themselves.
posted on 09/28/2011 7:00:56 PM PDT
(Barry gives them $535 million and they take "the fifth" when asked where it went.)
but the country's astronauts, or yuhangyuans, are expected to visit it next year
I think it's funny that the astronauts are called "You Hang On"
posted on 09/28/2011 7:31:10 PM PDT
looks to me to be pronounced
sounds like a latino porn star, or a group of them....
posted on 09/29/2011 4:54:17 AM PDT
("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
To: al baby
posted on 09/29/2011 7:57:54 AM PDT
(This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
Oh Yeah!!! Well I bet our muslim outreach is better then Chinas
In deed it is better. We dialogue with their hearts and minds; China reaches out to muslims for live testing of neutron bombs...
posted on 09/29/2011 4:20:49 PM PDT
(They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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