China tests new rocket before launch of 2nd space station


Republican version of space exploration

China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade.

Space program authorities said the spaceship’s landing on the vast Inner Mongolian steppe keeps China on schedule to place its second space station into orbit later this year.

The launch of the spaceship aboard the newly developed Long March 7 rocket on Saturday was hailed as a breakthrough in the use of safer, more environmentally friendly fuels. The launch also marked the first use of the massive new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the southern island province of Hainan…

A source of enormous national pride, China’s military-backed space program plans a total of 20 space missions this year at a time when the U.S. and other countries’ programs are seeking new roles

China plans to launch a mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020, attempting to recreate the success of the U.S. Viking 1 mission that landed a rover on the planet four decades ago.

The Republican-controlled Congress has called for further United States research on SUVs weighing over 4 tons and using tractor treads instead of tires. They feel this is a cost-effective alternative to actually repairing our crappy highways.

So – no money for real space rangers.

3 thoughts on “China tests new rocket before launch of 2nd space station

  1. Cassandra says:

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Permanent Court of Arbitration said Wednesday it will deliver an eagerly awaited ruling on July 12 in a case filed by the Philippines contesting Beijing’s sweeping claims to most of the South China Sea. Beijing has rejected the international arbitration and says it will ignore the panel’s decision. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/arbitration-panel-to-rule-july-12-in-south-china-sea-dispute/2016/06/29/3414cefa-3e09-11e6-9e16-4cf01a41decb_story.html

  2. Tom Corbett says:

    “Trump administration wants to end NASA funding for the International Space Station by 2025 : The end may be in sight for the two-decade-old program” https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16930154/nasa-international-space-station-president-trump-budget-request-2025
    “NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 January 2018 – First Spacewalk of 2018 Completed” http://spaceref.com/international-space-station/nasa-space-station-on-orbit-status-24-january-2018—first-spacewalk-of-2018-completed.html

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