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Reminds me of Aliens. All the missing people were found in the oxygen manufacturing plant

but it is very cool, making oxygen. Does mean that if they can do it on a massive scale they have the ability to live on other planets

now they just need a Star Trek replicator for food
 

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Ingenuity's third flight stretched things a bit more. 50m out and back at its fastest speed yet. All continues to work flawlessly. Some nice pics coming in, too. I am guessing a drone that can do actual work will be on the drawing board now.

 

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While they don't get the attention that the US does, the Chinese have an absolutely spectacular year in space planned. The lack of attention is a mix of their own shyness about publicity (there's no Chinese Elon Musk cheerleading things on social media and we often find out exact launch dates and plans only after the launches have happened) and the current chill in relations between China and the US, which prevents them from cooperating in space.

Tianwen-1, the country's first mission to Mars, is in orbit and due to drop its lander, including a rover, in May. They will be only the second country with a rover on the Red Planet after the US.

Tianhe, the first module of their planned space station, launched yesterday and is now in orbit. Two more modules are supposed to launch in the fairly near future. An unmanned supply mission will rendezvous with Tianhe next month and the first crew is due to fly up in June in a Shenzhou spacecraft (China's workhorse passenger spacecraft, adapted from the Russian Soyuz).

Also in the past month, we have seen the first ground tests of the Shenzhou's successor, a 7 passenger vehicle similar to current US passenger spacecraft like SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner.

And they ended last year with the fifth Chang'e unmanned probe to the moon, this one becoming the first mission to return lunar samples to Earth since the seventies.

Scott Manley did a good piece on Tianhe and China's plans for Earth orbit.


Years ago, on of our trips to China, I watched an early Shenzhou launch (I think it was their first or second crewed mission) on CCTV in a restaurant or tea house with my wife. Forget where we were now. It was rather like watching an early Apollo launch or maybe the first space shuttle launch.

Frankly, I would prefer to see nations cooperating in space as we have seen with the ISS, but if China's program results in some advances in human exploration of space, I'll happily cheer them on. Hopefully someday the terrestrial politics preventing that cooperation will get sufficiently resolved to allow that cooperation to happen.

Space trivia: I love the names the Chinese give their missions. Tianhe means "Harmony of the Heavens". The space station program and China's first two stations were called Tiangong, "Heaven's Palace". Chang'e, used for all the Chinese moon landers, is the ancient Chinese moon goddess and the rovers taken to the moon by some of the Chang'e missions are called Yutu after the rabbit that is the goddess' companion. The image of a cute little bunny hoping around on the lunar surface is just irresistable for some reason.
 
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While they don't get the attention that the US does, the Chinese have an absolutely spectacular year in space planned. The lack of attention is a mix of their own shyness about publicity (there's no Chinese Elon Musk cheerleading things on social media and we often find out exact launch dates and plans only after the launches have happened) and the current chill in relations between China and the US, which prevents them from cooperating in space.

Tianwen-1, the country's first mission to Mars, is in orbit and due to drop its lander, including a rover, in May. They will be only the second country with a rover on the Red Planet after the US.

Tianhe, the first module of their planned space station, launched yesterday and is now in orbit. Two more modules are supposed to launch in the fairly near future. An unmanned supply mission will rendezvous with Tianhe next month and the first crew is due to fly up in June in a Shenzhou spacecraft (China's workhorse passenger spacecraft, adapted from the Russian Soyuz).

Also in the past month, we have seen the first ground tests of the Shenzhou's successor, a 7 passenger vehicle similar to current US passenger spacecraft like SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner.

And they ended last year with the fifth Chang'e unmanned probe to the moon, this one becoming the first mission to return lunar samples to Earth since the seventies.

Scott Manley did a good piece on Tianhe and China's plans for Earth orbit.


Space trivia: Tianhe means "Harmony of the Heavens". I love the names the Chinese give their missions. Chang'e, for instance, is the ancient Chinese moon goddess and the rovers taken to the moon by some of the Chang'e missions are called Yutu after the rabbit that is the goddess' companion.
Did you say a manned crew are set to land on Mars in June?
 

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Did you say a manned crew are set to land on Mars in June?
No, it's an unmanned mission similar to the US Perseverence. We are still at least a decade away from anyone landing a crew on Mars. There aren't even any boosters currently in service powerful to orbit a lunar mission, let alone a Mars mission. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy and China's most recent Long March boosters (a Long March 5 launched Tianwen-1, Tianhe, and Chang'e 5) are steps in that direction, though.

The crewed mission is in June and is just taking three taikonauts to Tianhe.
 

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We visited cape canaveral one year while on holiday in Florida Back in the 80’s. There were a couple of road blocks. A space shuttle was taking off that day. But oddly you could still access the beach. It was pretty spectacular to watch

cape Canarveral is well worth a day visit . And a short drive fro Cocoa beach on the Atlantic coast which is a big surfing area in florida You forget watching on tv just how massive these things are and how primitive the computers were at the time. And of course now the new buildings are there. I think space x had a rocket on the launch pad when we were there two years ago. Took our cousins from Europe and they were pretty impressed. Like all of us, they had pictures taken of their tv showing Armstrong on the moon
 

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We visited cape canaveral one year while on holiday in Florida Back in the 80’s. There were a couple of road blocks. A space shuttle was taking off that day. But oddly you could still access the beach. It was pretty spectacular to watch

cape Canarveral is well worth a day visit . And a short drive fro Cocoa beach on the Atlantic coast which is a big surfing area in florida You forget watching on tv just how massive these things are and how primitive the computers were at the time. And of course now the new buildings are there. I think space x had a rocket on the launch pad when we were there two years ago. Took our cousins from Europe and they were pretty impressed. Like all of us, they had pictures taken of their tv showing Armstrong on the moon
My only visit to Canaveral was our family trip to Florida as a kid. That fell between the end of Apollo and the first shuttle launch so things were kind of in flux. The VAB was being reno'd to handle the shuttle instead of Saturns and that sort of thing.

When we took a cruise out of Port Canaveral a few years ago, I got a nice view of pad 39 and the VAB from the deck as we pulled out but the next launch (SpaceX, I think) was after we came home IIRC.
 

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Well, the bombs would be intentional. They would be dropped with a purpose. Big metal rockets thrown into space, then returning to earth with a devil-may-care attitude of 'Hope no one's standing under them when they fall' is something else again.
 

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Is there any liability for the damage this might cause?
Really we've crapped all over our planet - I wish we'd leave 'space' alone
 
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