Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Curmudgeon Gets It Exactly Right On China And NASA.

Writing in the Houston Chronicle, Mark Whittington, who blogs at curmudgeon.blogspot.com, cautions the US against collaborating with China in space.
"But until China gives up its drive to superpower status and begins to adhere to human rights norms, it should not become a partner in space exploration to the United States.

"Does that policy mean a space race between China and the United States? Probably. But that is not something that should be feared, but rather welcomed. Competition breeds progress and innovation.

"The last space race took America to the moon from a dead stop in eight years. The next one could determine which system will spread civilization beyond the Earth: democracy and capitalism or tyranny." (Here.)
Our sentiments exactly. (Here.)


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Nice entry. However, I don't think it will matter in the end. Space is very large, and there are countless destinations in the solar system from the planetoids, planets, moons, and their orbits. So I find it very unlikely that one political faction will dominate space. Because space is virgin frontier, if anyone is feeling oppressed, then they can go somewhere else and start their own society.
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