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September 29th, 2011

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03:23 pm
I hear that the Chinese have launched their very own space station; none of this international nonsense. They'll be able to do whatever they like up there. It won't be long until it's manned. No matter that at its largest, it'll be less than a sixth the size of ISS.

It seems to me that the Chinese are following pretty close to Werner von Braun's playbook; get into space, build orbital infrastructure, and use that to expand into the Solar System. Too bad that the US forgot all that...
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Date:September 30th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
What waiwode said - they are years off - it'll take them as long to field a station as it will for us to replace the shuttles and Saturn 5 program.
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Date:September 30th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Assuming that Congress doesn't fuck it up some more.

You know that Skylab fell out of the sky because Congress defunded the Shuttle program, slowing it to the point that it couldn't be launched in time to refuel the station, and so bits of it fell over Australia. Odd that there was never an investigation instigated by Congress, since they knew that it fell out of the sky because the planned Shuttle resupply missions were still years away.

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