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China has sent its second woman taikonaut into space on a mission that will light the way to a permanent Chinese base in orbit. Wang Yapin, and her male colleagues Commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang, blasted off from Inner Mongolia at 0938 GMT today. Their 15-day mission, code-named "Shenzhou-10", is the longest ever …


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  1. andreas koch

    Just another World Heritage Site


    . . . Of course, China has every right to tell the Americans to sod off and head along anyway. After all, what has NASA got to hide?


    I think that people here would get upset if WalMart built an ASDA over Stonehenge, Egyptians wouldn't find it funny if the Cheops pyramid would be scrapped to make way for a Starbucks, and the Chinese might be a weeny bit miffed if Tiananmen Square would be converted into an Apple store.

    As would everyone else, really. It's a mark of achievement, you don't just trample on it.

    1. Graham Marsden

      Re: Just another World Heritage Site

      And what happens when Salvage 1 lands to bring bits back to sell to collectors?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Just another World Heritage Site

      Stonehenge itself is not a single achievement, it is a site that was used and modified over thousands of years. The big stones actually disturbed the existing use. Do you blame them for that?

      1000 years from now, it's very unlikely that people will care to make a difference between American and Chinese footprints around a landing spot. They'll be revered just the same.

      Basically, just as your Stonehenge example shows, it won't matter a bit that there was a 50 years gap between them..

  2. Furbian

    "After all, what has NASA got to hide?"

    Oh dear lord no, they're going to find the Ark and awaken Sentinel Prime, we're doomed!

    Then again isn't there a spotty American teenager with access to the All Spark? Oh we can breath easily again and sleep well.

  3. Johan Bastiaansen

    After all, what has NASA got to hide?

    They could start by explaining why the pretented to never have landed on the moon!

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    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    youtube : the internet crazy finder....

    what have NASA got to hide;- the Apollo 20 mission that found a giant space ship with two ancient people on it who look like they are made of clay which has been painted... a huge city that is mostly crumbled and a cathedral.... not to mention the secret US bases containing man-made space tech based on stuff given to us by aliens.

    The extent of what people think is on the moon is quite extensive.

    1. andreas koch
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      @ jeremy 3 - Re: youtube : the internet crazy finder....

      . . . and cheese.

  6. MrXavia

    The ESA should really start talking with China on partnering on their space station....

    I think it makes good sense! they have the money, the manned launcher and the drive, we have the expertise and experience in space technologies... While I'd love to see an EU space station, maybe even a moon base, it won't happen alone, which is why we need to partner on manned projects, and even unmanned ones.

    We are one planet, so if we just ignore the USA for now (since they are the ones that blocked China being part of the ISS IIRC) we can all explore space together!

    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      The ESA should really start talking with China on partnering on their space station....

      Or just wait a few years and order their own off eBay. They'll probably do free shipping to LEO too.

  7. Maryland, USA

    They need to practice docking

    Is that what they're calling it these days?

    1. Down not across Silver badge

      Re: They need to practice docking


  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    After all, what has NASA got to hide?

    That there is nothing there on either site?

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