China: November 2013 Archives

China aims for the Moon, Nature

"Space analysts expect that the lunar and crewed objectives of China's space-flight programme will merge, with Chinese astronauts (known as taikonauts) aiming to walk on the Moon some time in the 2020s."

- China will achieve first soft landing on the moon, CNTV (Video)
- Meet China's Jade Rabbit, the peace-loving moon rover, Quartz (Photos)
- NASA Exploration Ideas - With Added China Bashing (Update), earlier post

China's 1st Moon Lander May Cause Trouble for NASA Lunar Dust Mission,

"Conversely, with some sort of communication between the missions, including NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)," talk between countries could enhance both LADEE and Chang'e 3 investigations, [Clive] Neal said. "What we have here is a situation where politics is certainly inhibiting good scientific cooperation and discovery because the NASA mission people are not allowed to communicate bilaterally with their Chinese counterparts," Neal said."

Keith's note: The possibility that the U.S. and China might collaborate on Chang'e 3 and LADEE is certainly moot now that the U.S. just flew B-52's through China's new self-declared air defense zone. Add this to existing China prohibitions from the Frank Wolf contingent and ...

China Copied NASA's NTRS

Keith's note: Have a look at "The Lunar Orbiter Meteoroid Experiments -Description and Results from Five Spacecraft" online at Infoeach - in China. China has their own version of NTRS - just in case NASA shuts it down again to check and see if China is getting access that it should not have. This paper was not available on NTRS to Americans for months even though it deals with spacecraft that flew in the 1960s. Feel safer now?

- NASA Blocks Everyone From Access To Everything on NTRS, Earlier post
- Charlie Bolden's Gutted Version of NTRS is Back Online, Earlier post

Is China In Space To Win It?

As China's space program rises, will NASA rise again? , Houston Chronicle

"China has the opportunity in coming years to surpass the United States in space programs, forcing the government to step up NASA funding to retain a leadership position, partner with the Chinese or risk falling behind, according to space policy experts. Russia is the other country that presently has the capacity to launch humans into space. Its space program, however, reliant upon technology designed nearly five decades ago, is getting by on past momentum. China's space program, by contrast, is in ascendance."

China, America and the Moon: Boldness and Abdication, Paul Spudis

"Our retreat from the challenge of the Moon puzzles even Chinese observers. Wu Ji, director general of the China National Space Science Center, reportedly is "dismayed by recent changes." "I don't know if your listeners or people living in the U.S. understand these changes," he recently told NPR foreign correspondent Anthony Kuhn, "But as I observe them from the outside, I feel that America is gradually contracting and closing itself off. It's a very strange thing."

India lags China in space: ex-ISRO chief

"The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) may have sparked a debate on 'space race' between India and China, but former ISRO boss G Madhavan Nair says Beijing has already surged forward and is on course to have an upper hand in the field globally. "I think if somebody says that we can race with China and catch up with them. At the moment. We have lost the game very badly," he said here. According to him, India and China were "almost equal" five years ago and, except in the area of manned mission, "we had everything in place"."

- American Moonwalkers Suggest Cooperation With China's Moon Plans, earlier post
- Partnering With China in Space?, earlier post
- NASA Exploration Ideas - With Added China Bashing (Update), earlier post
- More posts on China

China's bold lunar plan, Craig Covault, Aerospace America

"Astronauts Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 and Eugene Cernan of Apollo 17 tell Aerospace America that engineering details emerging from China's first robotic Moon lander suggest it is a formal precursor to a manned lunar module that would carry Chinese astronauts to the surface of the Moon around 2030. In their view, the time may be right for NASA to begin direct cooperation with China on the return of humans--both Chinese and American--to the Moon as a prelude to international manned missions to Mars."

- More Chang'e 3 Images on Flickr
- earlier China posts



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