On Oct 10, two taikonauts successfully blasted off from Chinas’ Inner Mongolia region into orbit. While this accomplisment might seem quaint to some in America who have been doing this sort of thing for over 50 years it is still no small feat, and it is a testament to the ambitions of China.
This is Chinas second manned space launch. And the first to include two taikonauts. Breitbart.com has a good article on the mission and its’ implications.
Apparently, Chinas’ longterm plan is to build its’ own space station. Given its’ liberal use of Russian Soyuz technology in its’ current I wonder if this will mean their space station will mimic the Soviet Unions incredibly robust and successful Mir station.
We could go on about how China’s emergence as the 3rd space faring nation is a threat to national security… but I see that as counterproductive at best, and a self-fulfilling prophecy at worst. Let them have their day. Applaud their achievements. Encourage them to continue… but.. at the same time… encourage them to participate in multi-lateral space missions. They could be help build, maintain and re-supply the ISS.
The Russians and Americans should reach out to the Chinese and start building bridges before there is even a hint of hostility. Share technology. Share knowledge.
I congratulate China on its’ achievements and hope that their space program will remain a symbol of technological, economic and social advancement of their country.