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China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

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Is there a 9-dash line involved? An historical "sphere" of influence?

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Expect the Chicoms to militarize outer space in the coming decades.

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It's extremely funny when people say "Chicoms", like they're LARPing as a general from the 1950s instead of being twerps with no sense of what ideology is or of how regularly and eagerly they regurgitate neoliberal talking points.

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China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday. We are all so happy that the American made Chinese spacecrafts work well. Copied beautifully. Good luck China!

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China will also overwhelm the US in space exploration.

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Expect the Chicoms to militarize outer space in the coming decades.

It's unfortunate that the Americans started a space war with their Space Force.

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It's unfortunate that the Americans started a space war with their Space Force.

Well, not a war. But a race to be the first to militarize space.

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well done good luck.

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Seems to me that if China has the resources to pursue a space program maybe they should be helping the world overcome the massive damage that they caused with the pandemic instead. The country that tried to cover up information since November 2019 and still won't come clean really doesn't deserve any praise.

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which Joe Biden increased funding for.

orange man good.

It's unfortunate that the Americans started a space war with their Space Force.

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which Joe Biden increased funding for.

orange man good.

On the contrary: Joe Biden bad. Not as bad, but bad.

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Express sister

It's extremely funny when people say "Chicoms", like they're LARPing as a general from the 1950s instead of being twerps with no sense of what ideology is or of how regularly and eagerly they regurgitate neoliberal talking points.

At least he isn't on about "reds in spaaaaace!" :)

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I initially misread it as "to send first crow to new space station". That would be something.

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Meanwhile, Japan can't do the same.

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Septim DynastyToday  05:26 pm JST

Meanwhile, Japan can't do the same.

They are landing on and bringing back samples from asteroids. Japan's space program, like the EU works with NASA. The Chinese are not invited.

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Yes indeed, China's new space station is a joint venture with one of their oldest business partners....

The Station will be named the Great China and Trump SpaceLab and Casino....

Just watch out for those Jewish-funded space lasers...

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China is king!

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Wishing the Chinese much scientific success in this effort. Be safe.

I don't see any "space race" here, just a country expanding knowledge by actually doing it.

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While it's good that China is sending missions, NASA was on Mars long before even the Chinese Space Agency was formed. NASA has already sent- 5 rovers to the red planet. It has a probe outside the solar system and the only Jupiter and Saturn orbiters. 

The comments so far are only based on government space agencies: USA, Russia, Japan, China. What is interesting is the U.S. has private companies with the sorts of capabilities that entire nation states still cannot achieve. We should add Jeff and Elon to the discussion. The race to the Moon might end up being Blue Origin vs SpaceX.

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At least he isn't on about "reds in spaaaaace!" :)

Such posters are the ones who send the Chicoms the message that we are weak. Someone is smiling in Beijing.

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which Joe Biden increased funding for.

The failures of American "foreign" policy continue.

To be fair though, now we're into a new line of American failures. Failures in space policy.

If there's one thing America can be counted on, it's that they wreck anything they touch outside their own country.

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Blue Origin hasn't shown much at all. 105km altitude, good, but not for an orbit. I look forward to the day when they do more than a typical Disney ride.

NZ's Rocket Lab is doing lots of great space work. They've delivered payloads to 400 km.

There are some other US private companies like Astra getting much less press. Last week launched from Kodiak, Alaska they had a very successful test. 380km altitude and nearly orbital speed.

Virgin is funding a company that nearly died. There are payload weight issues with launching from aircraft. Pegasus does it, but that's for quick-response needs and small payloads. Putting 443 kg up and putting 7000 kg (Falcon 9) up are very different.

Virgin says 300 kg is their payload limit.

Ground launched rockets have needs for bigger infrastructure, though smaller as Electron rockets show is doable, but they also can launch magnitudes of larger, heavier, payloads - which is the point for all rockets ... except Disney rides.

Elon breaks my most important investing rule - if the CEO is constantly in the news, skip the stock.

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