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(CNN)   China launches three astronauts into orbit. They are expected to stay at the Tiangong space station for six months. A second crew is expected to join them near the end of their stay, starting a rotation to keep a permanent presence in space   (cnn.com) divider line
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2022-06-05 9:29:53 AM  
This is kind of a big deal.
 
2022-06-05 12:41:24 PM  
That sucks for us.  You can only have so many people in space before it's full.
 
2022-06-05 1:03:55 PM  

gnosis301: That sucks for us.  You can only have so many people in space before it's full.


Speaking if being full.
They ate Chinese right before they left so they showed up hungry
 
2022-06-05 1:05:57 PM  
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2022-06-05 1:20:50 PM  
Tiangong: China's Incredible Space Station
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2022-06-05 2:00:07 PM  
I hope the Chinese build space stations better than bridges or dams or buildings. I would hate to have that thing land on my lawn.
 
2022-06-05 2:06:29 PM  

SpottedOwl: I hope the Chinese build space stations better than bridges or dams or buildings. I would hate to have that thing land on my lawn.


On the other hand, free space station.
 
2022-06-05 2:09:11 PM  
With six you get eggroll.
 
2022-06-05 2:36:24 PM  
And so it begins.
 
2022-06-05 2:53:31 PM  

cepson: And so it begins.


You have forgotten something.
 
2022-06-05 3:04:16 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: cepson: And so it begins.

You have forgotten something.


Ah, so, it begins.
 
2022-06-05 3:41:54 PM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: SpottedOwl: I hope the Chinese build space stations better than bridges or dams or buildings. I would hate to have that thing land on my lawn.

On the other hand, free space station.


Is it still a space station if it's sitting on someone's lawn? Or is it now more of a yard station?
 
2022-06-05 3:46:36 PM  
I'm just glad to see all that 1980's tech that was stolen being put into practice.  Does the lift system still have the shuttle attachments, or did they manage to remove those from the drawings?

/I keed, I keed ...
 
2022-06-05 4:02:03 PM  

wxboy: StatelyGreekAutomaton: SpottedOwl: I hope the Chinese build space stations better than bridges or dams or buildings. I would hate to have that thing land on my lawn.

On the other hand, free space station.

Is it still a space station if it's sitting on someone's lawn? Or is it now more of a yard station?


It's a used space station. Price it appropriately at your garage sale. Or, it's a Chinese-made stage-used prop, at the pawn shop.
 
2022-06-05 4:05:49 PM  
Just a new form of covid quarantine.
 
2022-06-05 4:31:49 PM  

wxboy: StatelyGreekAutomaton: SpottedOwl: I hope the Chinese build space stations better than bridges or dams or buildings. I would hate to have that thing land on my lawn.

On the other hand, free space station.

Is it still a space station if it's sitting on someone's lawn? Or is it now more of a yard station?


Depends on the gnomes
 
2022-06-05 4:32:27 PM  
Meanwhile, in America;
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2022-06-05 4:39:09 PM  
Do Not Answer!
 
2022-06-05 5:10:53 PM  
Compared to the ISS, this is just a flying tent.

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2022-06-05 5:42:10 PM  
Meh, it's largely based around copied/ purchased ex-Soviet-era tech, with a few upgrades the Russians wouldn't be bothered to do. It's 30-year-old tech at least. So, yay, I guess, but the next stations the US puts up will be generations ahead of this.
 
2022-06-05 5:46:22 PM  
I must say I'm disappointed by the comments here. I grew up during the Apollo missions, and I can still remember how exciting it was. No space news since then has come close, certainly not anything originating from Musk, Bezos or any other billionaire. And now, when we start to hear about real space missions again, everyone is like 'yeah, chopsticks'. This is good, people. For the first time in a long while!
 
2022-06-05 6:03:23 PM  

bredkaeft: I must say I'm disappointed by the comments here. I grew up during the Apollo missions, and I can still remember how exciting it was. No space news since then has come close, certainly not anything originating from Musk, Bezos or any other billionaire. And now, when we start to hear about real space missions again, everyone is like 'yeah, chopsticks'. This is good, people. For the first time in a long while!


You seemed to miss the fact the original space race was a national dick waving contest. Interest waned the moment the US beat the Russians to the moon. No one here cares about this for the same reasons.
 
2022-06-05 6:10:06 PM  

Any Pie Left: Meh, it's largely based around copied/ purchased ex-Soviet-era tech, with a few upgrades the Russians wouldn't be bothered to do. It's 30-year-old tech at least. So, yay, I guess, but the next stations the US puts up will be generations ahead of this.


Sour grapes.
 
2022-06-05 6:13:02 PM  

bredkaeft: I must say I'm disappointed by the comments here. I grew up during the Apollo missions, and I can still remember how exciting it was. No space news since then has come close, certainly not anything originating from Musk, Bezos or any other billionaire. And now, when we start to hear about real space missions again, everyone is like 'yeah, chopsticks'. This is good, people. For the first time in a long while!


Real space missions, like sending astronauts to an LEO space station. Not like those SpaceX losers and their fake space missions, like sending astronauts to an LEO space station.
 
2022-06-05 7:04:40 PM  

wxboy: StatelyGreekAutomaton: SpottedOwl: I hope the Chinese build space stations better than bridges or dams or buildings. I would hate to have that thing land on my lawn.

On the other hand, free space station.

Is it still a space station if it's sitting on someone's lawn? Or is it now more of a yard station?


Fine, it can be a taking up space station.
 
2022-06-05 7:29:43 PM  

bredkaeft: I must say I'm disappointed by the comments here. I grew up during the Apollo missions, and I can still remember how exciting it was. No space news since then has come close, certainly not anything originating from Musk, Bezos or any other billionaire. And now, when we start to hear about real space missions again, everyone is like 'yeah, chopsticks'. This is good, people. For the first time in a long while!


It's good for humanity to rehash and duplicate the same thing we've been doing since the '90s? Wake me when we're landing people on Mars.
 
2022-06-05 7:43:57 PM  
Do you really think we can go to mars without a presence on the moon? Yeah maybe, but it would be like this:
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2022-06-05 7:49:15 PM  
Did they just launch them with this?

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2022-06-05 7:58:19 PM  
I didn't know the Chinese had a space station; that's pretty cool!
 
2022-06-05 8:22:48 PM  

bredkaeft: I must say I'm disappointed by the comments here. I grew up during the Apollo missions, and I can still remember how exciting it was. No space news since then has come close, certainly not anything originating from Musk, Bezos or any other billionaire. And now, when we start to hear about real space missions again, everyone is like 'yeah, chopsticks'. This is good, people. For the first time in a long while!


When anybody but SpaceX can land their orbital-class boosters and re-use them, get back to me.
 
2022-06-05 9:37:54 PM  
See, there was no need for a second season of Firefly.
 
2022-06-05 9:42:10 PM  

bingethinker: bredkaeft: I must say I'm disappointed by the comments here. I grew up during the Apollo missions, and I can still remember how exciting it was. No space news since then has come close, certainly not anything originating from Musk, Bezos or any other billionaire. And now, when we start to hear about real space missions again, everyone is like 'yeah, chopsticks'. This is good, people. For the first time in a long while!

When anybody but SpaceX can land their orbital-class boosters and re-use them, get back to me.


Likely about 10 years out.

20 years before the truly next-gen systems come out.  People are still training up for the physics of various regions in space and need time and materials to come along and solve some Of the problems of scale.  I think.

LEO is relatively easy, as there's lots of expertise to pull from.  It's getting farther out with bigger things that's really proving to be difficult, and requiring new science and new materials (and new techniques).

I like the spaceX trick, and feel like for LEO that's what everyone should do.  But I'm looking forward to when we get the bigger, farther out vehicles capable of something similar with multiple stages and multiple RE-capture points ((earth, moon, mars, etc).

Eventually we should see capture and re-purposing on other planets, for the stuff that didn't come back down to earth for re-use.

I think, anyway.
 
2022-06-05 10:01:09 PM  
So these guys will be up there, then some other guys in another vehicle are going to go up and swap places with them?   There should be a name for that.  Nothing racist though.
 
2022-06-05 10:55:07 PM  

Nurglitch: I didn't know the Chinese had a space station; that's pretty cool!


It is their third space station. The first two were prototypes. They are continuing to send up new modules to expand it.
 
2022-06-05 11:01:28 PM  

Dave and the Mission: So these guys will be up there, then some other guys in another vehicle are going to go up and swap places with them?   There should be a name for that.  Nothing racist though.


It is called crew rotation. It is basically what has been done on the ISS for over two decades. The station has more than one place to dock. So eventually another crew docks and joins the crew already there. They share the station for a short time and then the original crew takes their spacecraft back home.
 
2022-06-06 4:42:22 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Nurglitch: I didn't know the Chinese had a space station; that's pretty cool!

It is their third space station. The first two were prototypes. They are continuing to send up new modules to expand it.


So that's why we can't get any shipping containers.
 
2022-06-06 6:00:38 AM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: Compared to the ISS, this is just a flying tent.

[esa.int image 850x478]


Uh, you do realize that those things are expanded over the years, right?
It's not like they assembled the ISS all in one go.

Here it is in 2000, the first configuration to have a permanent crew:
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/according to the original plan it wouldn't even be up there anymore
//by 2030 it will deorbit
///Will we have a successor by then? Who knows
 
2022-06-06 8:06:59 AM  

Any Pie Left: Meh, it's largely based around copied/ purchased ex-Soviet-era tech, with a few upgrades the Russians wouldn't be bothered to do. It's 30-year-old tech at least. So, yay, I guess, but the next stations the US puts up will be generations ahead of this.


On the one hand, you literally just described the ISS: the entire Russian segment is modified TKS modules and the US segment is based on the Spacelab kits.

On the other hand, the US has ZERO plans to build another space station, having already decided to outsource that job (basically) to the hotel industry.
 
2022-06-06 11:05:57 AM  

Any Pie Left: Meh, it's largely based around copied/ purchased ex-Soviet-era tech, with a few upgrades the Russians wouldn't be bothered to do. It's 30-year-old tech at least. So, yay, I guess, but the next stations the US puts up will be generations ahead of this.


"Cost overruns the likes of which even God hasn't seen."
 
2022-06-06 11:09:52 AM  

SMB2811: bredkaeft: I must say I'm disappointed by the comments here. I grew up during the Apollo missions, and I can still remember how exciting it was. No space news since then has come close, certainly not anything originating from Musk, Bezos or any other billionaire. And now, when we start to hear about real space missions again, everyone is like 'yeah, chopsticks'. This is good, people. For the first time in a long while!

You seemed to miss the fact the original space race was a national dick waving contest. Interest waned the moment the US beat the Russians to the moon. No one here cares about this for the same reasons.


Close. It was ICBM research and development (as shown by the space program being dramatically cut after they learned what they needed for civilization-ending nukes).

The Chinese? Orbital weapons platforms and a base for first strike satellite killers.
 
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