[FPSPACE] Beating China WAS Griiffin's Giant...Chinese may be first to puttaikonauts on Mo....
davida at cwo.com
Fri Mar 16 19:37:12 EST 2007
I believe that creating an industry capable of transporting hundreds
if not thousands of paying passengers safely to and from orbit would
make a Chinese return to the Moon irrelevant.
BTW, the short answer on the Chinese is that they admit that they are
years away from a Proton-class launch vehicle, let alone a Saturn V
class required for humans to fly to the Moon. The basis of this
thread is very far detached from reality.
At 05:24 PM 3/16/2007, DSFPortree at aol.com wrote:
>We could easily make China dangerous - it doesn't have to be.
>I don't think that not being able to go to the moon - or choosing a different
>path in space, which is my preference - would signal our decline. I think
>that trying to recapture lost glories would.
>We should be thinking of something new to do, not repeating what we did 40
>years ago. There are lots of interesting things we could do. For
>if we declared that we'd be the first nation to send a robot probe to the
>nearest star? A laser-boosted lightsail could get to Alpha Centauri
>in time for
>the American tricentennial. Closer to home, what if we showed the
>world that we
>could detect all incoming dangerous asteroids and deflect them?
>Incidentally, I hope that you won't notice that both of these options have
>some pretty powerful weapons potential.
>David S. F. Portree
>author & educator
>dsfportree at aol.com
>Flagstaff Arizona USA
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>turning and you just can't quite believe it because everything looks
>standing still. I can feel it - the turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our
>feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour, the entire planet is hurtling
>around the Sun at sixty-seven thousand miles an hour, and I can feel
>falling through space, you and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little
>world, and if we let go..." - The Ninth Doctor
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