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mcclir
2003-May-29, 05:11 PM
The race into space
By Robert S. Walker

Are the Chinese serious about human space flight? Most definitely. And they are interested in doing more than simply going to low Earth orbit. They are headed for the moon.

http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20030528-092308-4284r.htm

JackC
2003-May-29, 05:40 PM
Unless my memory is failing me - and it usually is - I think Clarke (and some others) had this one pegged a long time ago.

As I recall, in 2061, we had to get permission from the Chinese to land on Europa, as they were there first.

Clarke just never ceases to amaze me.

Jack

informant
2003-May-29, 08:32 PM
Even in 2001 - the novel -, China is presented as an important adversary to the USA and Russia in space.
In 2010 - the novel again -, the Russians and the Chinese race each other to Jupiter.
Your recalling of 2061 seems to be a bit fuzzy, though. In that novel, Europa had been declared off-limits by the monolith-makers, but a ship needs to make an emergency landing in it. The crew was mostly Chinese, because the ship was owned by a corporation run by a Hong-Kong billionaire.

The idea of China as a big space power is not new, though. It was probably common during the Cold War.

informant
2003-May-29, 08:38 PM
Are the Chinese serious about human space flight? Most definitely. And they are interested in doing more than simply going to low Earth orbit. They are headed for the moon.

http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20030528-092308-4284r.htm

Maybe they see it as a solution to their overpopulation problems.
There's still a long way to go, though.

BigJim
2003-May-29, 08:52 PM
We discussed the implications of a Chinese space race here. (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=4621)

Argos
2003-May-30, 12:22 AM
There's still a long way to go, though.

Not only for China.