Chinese Dude in Space!
If you’re a nerd… and lets face it, if you’re reading this then you are probably some variant of geek… then you’ll be as excited as I was to hear that China has become the 3rd Earthly nation capable of putting people into space!
Ok, to be more specific, at this point it’s “capable of putting A man into space” and he’s not home yet! The Rice-o-naught, Yang Liwei, is due to reenter Earth’s atmosphere after completing 14 orbits of the Earth.. putting him in space for a leisurely 24 hours… which is still a damn sight longer than you’ve been there so get that smirk off your face yankie!
The Chinese Shenzhou V spacecraft is at the cutting edge of Chinese technology, which can only mean that it is equipped with a built in digital camera, a digital clock-radio and a Dance Dance Revolution machine.
Why is this so cool? Well, with another nation being capable of independent space research and travel it broadens the scope for both space flight competition AND collaboration. With any luck we could see some serious work towards getting you humans back on the moon and out of my hair pretty soon!