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Sunday, October 07, 2007

A China Moon by 2020?

The next human to walk on the surface of the moon could be Chinese so say NASA space agency leaders suggesting loss of technological advantage and American prestige.

"I personally believe that China will be back on the moon before we are,'' NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a low-key lecture in Washington two weeks ago, marking the space agency's 50th anniversary, still a year away. "I think when that happens, Americans will not like it. But they will just have to not like it.''

The United States could lose technological superiority in space during the four- to five-year gap of manned space flights between the retirement of the space shuttle and the launch of the Constellation mission, echoed Bill Parsons, Director of the Kennedy Space Center said last Thursday adding more concern to the retirement of the space shuttle and the delays slowing the development of the Ares I and Ares V.

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