Monday, August 28, 2006

Russian/Chinese Expedition to Mars

While the American space program seems to have lost its way, other countries are willing to take the lead in space expiration.

China And Russia To Launch Joint Mission To Mars

China and Russia are planning a joint mission to Mars that will bring back samples to earth and land on one of the red planet's tiny moons, state media quoted a Chinese scientist as saying Wednesday. Ye Peijian, of the Chinese Research Institute of Space Technology, made the announcement at a forum on the nation's space technology development, Xinhua news agency said.

Ye said Russia will launch the spacecraft in 2009 and it will carry China-made survey equipment. The mission will collect samples on Mars and the planet's nearest moon, according to Xinhua.

Sun Laiyan, of the China National Space Administration, said in June that China would focus on the moon and Mars in its deep space exploration program over the next five years.

The program calls for stepping up international cooperation, he said.

China has previously said it hopes to launch a lunar exploration satellite next year as part of a program that aims to place an unmanned vehicle on the moon by 2010.

In 2003 it successfully launched astronaut Yang Liwei into orbit, becoming the third country after the Soviet Union and the United States to put a man in space.

On a side note...I know I was way behind the curve on this one, but last night I watched for the first time the 2005 documentary "Protocols of Zion". If there are any other stragglers out there: PLEASE WATCH!
This is worth your time.


At 1:33 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

It pisses me off, AC, to see American ingenuity stifled under the fat of the government.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

I agree with Brooke. And yes, I am also a "straggler." I have to admit I hadn't even heard about this until I read your post. Thanks! :)

At 3:50 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

I don't think this is the real reason.
I mean yes, it is but not the main one.
The US MSM has paralyzed NASA and in fact any project where some risks are involved.
They want to play is 'SAFE' - no dead bodies on front pages.

One dead body and heads are rolling, years of investigations and commisions.
What d'ya think?

At 4:44 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I think you're right.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger benning said...

The Space Shuttle was a step back when it was still on the drawing board. If China and Russia get to Mars I will be soooooo pissed! We should have a working base on the moon right now. Dagnabbit!

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

You may have hit the nail on the head, ML!


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