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Nations compete in new space race

By T.K. Randall
July 28, 2011 · Comment icon 19 comments



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As NASA's shuttle program ends other countries are moving forward with their own spaceflight plans.
Later this year China is hoping to launch the first part of its new space station while India has plans to put humans in to space by 2016. Elsewhere Iran is planning to send a monkey in to space very soon and the European Space Agency is conducting experiments designed to simulate an extended manned trip to Mars.
As NASA retreats from an ambitious human spaceflight program for the foreseeable future, foreign countries are moving ahead with their own multibillion-dollar plans to go to the moon, build space stations and even take the long voyage to Mars.


Source: LA Times | Comments (19)


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Comment icon #10 Posted by hawaiianeye 11 years ago
I believe we are at the very "outer rim" of another level of space travel. The movie "Contact" with Jodey Foster actually was a movie that was "subliminal"! Allowing messages to be deciphered for the persons whom are attentive to there surroundings. You may "rebuttal" this next comment, but "Hitler" has some credit to this very subject!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Blackwhite 11 years ago
Um, I wasn't under the impression that NASA was "retreating" from manned space flight. Not according to them anyway. They are working on the MPCV and plan a manned flight to Mars, along with several other programs. Seems pretty engaged to me. Don't think there is a lot of bang for the buck in the Space Station. And we are way past monkeys. It's gonna be a bit humiliating for the Americans when they have to hitch a ride on Russian craft to get to the International Space Station for the forseeable future.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Blackwhite 11 years ago
Countries including China, India and Iran are engaged in a new race to explore space. Efforts include building research centers, rockets, satellites and lunar rovers. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0722-space-race-20110722,0,2095991,full.story I think the Chinese are planning on a manned mission to Mars. I think they'll become the first people to step foot on another actual planet.
Comment icon #13 Posted by MID 11 years ago
It's gonna be a bit humiliating for the Americans when they have to hitch a ride on Russian craft to get to the International Space Station for the forseeable future. the United States has been "hitching rides" aboard Russian Soyuz vehicles for some time. It's not humiliating. The Russians are our partners, and they have a very reliable spacecraft. But we are working with private industry to develop manned spacecraft capable of executing crew transfer to the ISS, and appropriate launch vehicles, and as well are working on the Orion spacecraft for longer duration missions away from earth orbit,... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Nuke_em 11 years ago
the United States has been "hitching rides" aboard Russian Soyuz vehicles for some time. It's not humiliating. The Russians are our partners, and they have a very reliable spacecraft. it's been a difficult couple years for NASA, but I think whatever happens in our future, we'll be partnering with the Russians, and the Europeans, and the Canadians and the Japanese on space exploration efforts. Maybe that are your thoughts but i dont think so. Because US are very low on funds they've cut alot of employess from their jobs at NASA. Who knows when they will return back. And i've never heard US is m... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by MID 11 years ago
Maybe that are your thoughts but i dont think so. OK. You're certainly permitted your thoughts. Because US are very low on funds they've cut alot of employess from their jobs at NASA. However, you might want to base opinions on something substantive. The U.S. is low on funds? Firstly, the U.S. isn't, and never has been, and secondly, the reason employees have lost their jobs (with USA and NASA) is because the end of the Shuttle program ended their present assignments, and the scrapping of Constellation by Obama, despite his re-instatement of the Orion and heavy lift booster program still resul... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Nuke_em 11 years ago
First of all im right about ISS and Russians, they have a deal until May next year it writen at Wiki and Russian federal space agency. And its also written that Roscosmos is funded well above NASA. Meanwhile Japanese and Chinese are in early stages of their space exploration, that module is up there because they used US and Russian help to get it there. They cant do it on their own. I do agree that US made intitiave to build it. That doesnt mean they are fully in charge. And of course US is paying great deal to Russia, they are using their technology... Even without US funds Russia would do ju... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by MID 11 years ago
First of all im right about ISS and Russians, they have a deal until May next year it writen at Wiki and Russian federal space agency. Oh, OK. I think expedition 34 is going to be a little upset. But OK. And its also written that Roscosmos is funded well above NASA. yes, indeed, that was written. i believe that was right here, by you. Meanwhile Japanese and Chinese are in early stages of their space exploration, Both countries are, you're right, but there is no co-operation. The Japanese are quite wary of the Chinese efforts in space, as is the vast majority of the world. China has NO PARTNERS... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Nuke_em 11 years ago
Well maybe because i dont write english as good as American if you would write in my languge i could write with far more sense than all this. And that module i was writing about is named Kibo, and its largest on ISS made by Japanese, science module. Why are you keep writing China is alone in all this, noone said otherwise. They are alone but they have made huge progress. And so called space race, is my definition of who will make the first space achivement after moonlanding ( Landing on moon again, first long-range vehicle, space construction, etc ). Still its like a race of powers trying to m... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by MID 11 years ago
Well maybe because i dont write english as good as American if you would write in my languge i could write with far more sense than all this. No one is complaining about your English. It's about your precision. I understand. And that module i was writing about is named Kibo, and its largest on ISS made by Japanese, science module. I see. So, KIBO is only there because of U.S. and Russian help? Well, partially correct. Japan built it. We launched it. Just as we launched Columbus. We had the lift capability, of course, and we are in partnership with Japan. I don't see an arguement. Why are you k... [More]


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