It looks as if China’s space program will fuel humanity’s next trip to the moon and beyond. The Middle Kingdom has everything needed to succeed. Why is this?
China is turning out more engineers from its universities than the United States is, and China has the technology and industry to support an active, growing space program.
China isn’t crippled by the deficit (debt) the US has.
China’s nine-man Politburo Standing Committee, the country’s top ruling body, are engineers instead of lawyers or businessmen like in America.
In the last few years, China has sent men into space and conducted space walks. There is a strong chance that in a few more years, there will be Chinese space stations orbiting the earth with footprints on the moon that were not made by Americans.
In fact, China plans to send a lunar probe with a rover to the moon in 2013. Source: The Next Big Future
My wife and I were in China in 2008 when one of the space walks took place, and it was big news filling TV screens and splashing headlines across newspapers. It was easy to sense the pride.
The excitement was equal to the time Americans walked on the moon decades ago. Now, America’s space program is limping along—almost a cripple.
To send supplies to the international space station, the world (except China) depends on Russia.
The honor China lost during the 19th and early 20th centuries to the bully tactics of aggressive Western powers and Japan during World War II is being reclaimed.
For more than two thousand years, China was a regional super power. They have achieved that status again.
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This revised post first appeared on February 17, 2010 as Growing Great Honor in One Lunar Leap
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