On 2002-05-22 00:52, Jigsaw wrote:
Or are the Chinese just dreamin'?
I read this
...Beijing spent more than two years selecting and preparing its first batch of 14 astronauts, two of whom have even been to Russia for training
and I'm, like, "Geeeez..." Two of them have even been to Russia for training, wooo.
They scare me, they really do. What are the odds that they can pull this off without getting someone killed? Or without their spacecraft simply falling apart in midair?
It sounds like they've basically got all their moms and grandmas sewing their spacesuits at home or something, too. I mean, is it possible to start a manned spaceflight program from scratch with no money, no experience, just a lot of willpower?
I just keep getting the feeling that it's like one of those Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movies, "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!" except that these kids are trying to build a moon rocket.
And this scares me, too:
The country is also determined to use as much homegrown technology as possible -- from 36 square metres (387.5 sq ft) Chinese-designed solar panels to more than 20 types of food stuffed in "compressed bricks and toothpaste tubes," the Wenhui Daily said.
I'm sitting here with my Made in China bathrobe and my Made in China coffee mug and my Made in China slippers, and I'm wondering whether I'd trust a Made in China rocketship to carry me to the Moon.
And back again.
Which, after all, is the most important thing, isn't it? Getting home again.