[FPSPACE] Griiffin's Giant...Chinese may be first to put taikonauts on Moon before USA returns
pjp961 at svol.net
Fri Mar 16 09:58:25 EST 2007
This has echoes of the 1960s....
"Webb's Giant"...... LOL
Except now, it's "Griffin's Giant"...
But we now know that Webb wasn't fibbing or fooling around...the J vehicle
Moon rocket was real, and so was the USSR's manned lunar program efforts.
So maybe Griffin isn't fibbing either.
Speaking of the USSR's manned lunar program...
The article on Globalsecurity.org has had a big response in readers. John
Pike informed me earlier this week that that the "visits" have surpassed
Not bad, considering it's not about the global war on terror or celebrities
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Subject: [FPSPACE] NASA Chief Says China May Make It To the Moon
NASA Chief Says China May Make It To the Moon
By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 16, 2007; A06
The next humans to walk on the moon may well be Chinese, NASA's
administrator told Congress yesterday. He said that the combination of
budget cuts and restraints in the NASA lunar program and a determined and
well-funded effort by the Chinese made that once-unthinkable possibility a
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told the House Committee on Science and
Technology that, based on the status of the Chinese space program and its
projected growth, China could land a man on the moon within a decade. Under
current projections, a U.S. lunar return would not take place until 2019 at
"If they wanted to mount a lunar mission, they could do so," Griffin said.
"And yes, they could get to the moon before we return."
The Chinese space program employs about 200,000 people, Griffin said, while
NASA has a workforce of about 75,000.
Griffin's assessment came during a day of NASA budget hearings in which both
Republicans and Democrats decried a lack of funding for NASA, which has been
given many ambitious missions.
In addition to undertaking President Bush's Vision for Space Exploration to
take Americans back to the moon and beyond, NASA is tasked with such popular
and costly projects as sending shuttles to the international space station
until it is completed in 2010, and then helping operate it.
In House and Senate hearings, lawmakers described the distance between
NASA's missions and its budget as a "train wreck," as a possible precursor
to safety problems, and as a pulling back from the U.S. commitment to remain
the leading spacefaring nation.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations
subcommittee for NASA, called yesterday for a bipartisan, House-Senate NASA
summit at the White House, similar to one held by President George H.W. Bush
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