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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Dateline March 2, 2006, News from the Internet

  • Robert Zubrin has been invited to speak at the Chinese Beihang University. Not sure how I feel about this. I gotta admit, all this touchy feely crap about cooperation leaves me cold. And what does this mean:
    it has typically been the case that such nations have felt the need to compete with each other to establish prominence, a tendency that has often had very negative consequences. However the emerging US-Chinese race for space offers a different prospect, that of a competition more in the spirit of the Olympics, where nations compete for honors, not empires; where the goal is not to take anything from anyone, but to see who can do the most to advance the frontiers of human achievement and human possibilities
    Excuse me? Competition has had negative consequences? You mean like the exploration and colonization of the world? And what is this Olympic honor thing? We, as Americans (public and private), want to be colonize and spread our values in space. Frankly I don't think China is interested in human achievement unless it props up their evil, inhumane, government.

  • New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has signed into law the plan to fund a private spaceport in Upham, New Mexico.
  • ARABSAT 4A may be saved by slinging it around the Moon.
  • New Voyage News has a contest designed to build up their Space Space Tourism Encyclopedia Wiki. I already posted some stuff on Space Adventures. Go have fun, win crap.
  • Update: The Space Frontier Foundation has released the March edition of the New Space News. Check it out.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Dan, I think Bob might be thinking of wars as a negative consequence of competition. They did occur from time to time, during the last Age of Exploration. Alsom if the Chinese win, that would be a real negative consequence.