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Chinese Crew Completes Manual Docking With Orbiting Module 119

A few days back, the crew of the Shenzhou 9 were along for the ride as their craft docked to — or rather, was docked to — an orbiting module. On Sunday, the docking procedure was repeated, but under the direction of the Chinese astronauts themselves rather than controllers on the ground.
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Chinese Crew Completes Manual Docking With Orbiting Module

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 24, 2012 @05:38AM (#40427585)

    I love the smell of butthurt American in the morning!

    Seriously, can't we congratulate for once?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 24, 2012 @07:08AM (#40427917)

    , even the Russians managed that.

    Very funny. Without the Russians experience with Saljut 7 and MIR there would be no ISS.

  • pu-lease (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 24, 2012 @08:43AM (#40428247)

    How short a memory so many have. If it were not for the "sharing" of guidance system technology in the not so distant past (Clinton era), the Chinese may have not been able to get off the ground successfully, let alone operate in space. Now we are so in debt to China, and have allowed them to manufacture so many of our high-tech products, no wonder they have "caught-up" in such a short time (relatively easy when you can steal what you cannot invent on your own). Yes, you congratulate your competitors when they deserve it, but you keep a wary eye on them, as they often only have their best interests at heart.

    I think of the current situation as similar to a hostile takeover. A big company with lots of cash (China in this analogy) buys out a company deep in debt (USA), strips it of its most valuable assets, fires most of the employees, closes the company, then moves on to the next target.

    What we need is the equivalent to the call to action this nation experienced after Sputnik so rocked the world. More and more we see reports of the decline of US students in education and see breakthroughs occurring regularly in other countries, but our people just want to play on the web and watch American Idol (which makes them Americans at Idle). Problem is, most Americans do not understand what is really happening in the world, what their "me-first" and lazy outlook has done -- and simply do not care.

  • by wmac1 ( 2478314 ) on Sunday June 24, 2012 @09:21AM (#40428509)

    and here is the proof that the punishment has been successful. Next time US will possibly need to apply to their program.

  • Re:Nice Job China (Score:5, Insightful)

    by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Sunday June 24, 2012 @09:43AM (#40428691)

    Have we "advanced" now that Obama Administration killed our manned space program

    Son, every administration since Nixon has driven nails in that coffin.

  • by kelemvor4 ( 1980226 ) on Sunday June 24, 2012 @12:38PM (#40430065)

    I'm fairly sure you never heard of Central America before, so all is forgiven.


    Did you even read what you linked? Central America is not a continent, it's a subcontinent. While all those countries may be part of the Central America subcontinent, they're also part of North America.

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