September 26, 2008

U.S. Primacy and the Space Race ...

China's space program lags way behind that of the U.S., could someone please stand on the rooftops, and shout this out to our liberal media ... They (China) are basically recreating the Apollo missions 50 years on ...


Firstly, one needs to appreciate this, the image seen above was taken 43 years ago. No, that was not a typo ... 43 years ago!

To those born post 1980, our Liberal media are giving China the aura of being a world leader in technology hence, it was refreshing to come across Sam Roggeveen's post from The Interpreter which sets the the record straight about this weeks news of China's spacewalk ...

Given recent events on US financial markets, this is not the best time to be shouting from the rooftops about long-term American global primacy. But it's probably a bit early to draw the curtain on US primacy as well, particularly on the flimsy evidence presented in this blog post from Undiplomatic. Apparently, the coincidence of the financial meltdown with China's first ever spacewalk is portentous:

"Would the last person still believing in the continued dominance of American power please turn out the lights? This is China’s century now."

It's worth remembering three things: (1) the US conducted its first spacewalk in 1965; (2) this is a Chinese public relations exercise that wastes public money and contributes almost nothing to scientific understanding of space; and (3) on that score, the US has no peer competitors.

China's space program lags way behind that of the U.S., could someone please stand on the rooftops and shout this out to our liberal media.

As put so eloquently earlier this year by Joan Johnson-Freese, chair of the National Security Studies Department at the U.S. Naval War College and an expert on China's space development.

They (China) are basically recreating the Apollo missions 50 years on, it's a tortoise-and-hare race. They're happy plodding along slowly and creating this perception of a space race.

China remains decades away from challenging the U.S. in space and, so be it .... Oh, and they're keen on making a good impression

Image: In 1965, U.S. astronaut Edward White made the first U.S. spacewalk. Tethered to his Gemini IV capsule, White is pictured above holding a compressed gas "zip gun" for maneuvers in his right hand. His spacewalk began over the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii and ended 23 minutes later above the Gulf of Mexico.

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8 comments:

Jungle Mom said...

We could try and explain it to the libs, but, they are not too bright and wont quite get it...

Aurora said...

Otto, great comparison there. It's interesting just how much even we conservatives take for granted that we read in the mainstream media. I'm positive that if America hadn't had the multipronged attacks that face her in the 21st century such as the cost of the war and the subprime crisis and bailout foisted on the country by stupid socialist ideals being disseminated by economists and governments, nothing could have diminished her dominance. Even now, the country is still strong. But I wonder what else is in store to drag America down.

Z said...

Thanks! I don't remember where it was, but on TV the other day, someone said something like "And now the CHINESE are in space.we'd better darned well wake up and not let them stay ahead of us" Honestly, it worried me!

We need you Australians....wonderful to hear the news unfiltered by our LIberal media's RED colored glasses!!!!

Americaneocon said...

Excellent work, Ottavio!

That's the kind of persepective people forget about...

MK said...

The other thing we have to remember is that China might be banging along really nicely, but what'll happen if the demand for the goods they make dries up? They can grow and grow, but to where, when the fall comes, how hard will they fall.

WomanHonorThyself said...

China remains decades away from challenging the U.S. in space and, so be it .... Oh, and they're keen on making a good impression...well they sure made an impression on Hussein O..who went around telling us to be more like the CHIcoms!...sheesh!

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Otto, We can only hope that the whole country of China goes into Outta space!

Tapline said...

Otto, excellent post. I was part of the beginning and was posted on ascention Island on one footprint and Dakar, Africa on another.....stay well....