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China Takes a Giant Leap Forward With Its First Space Walk

China wants to become a modern world power, and it's willing to go to the moon for it. Building on national pride generated by the Beijing Olympics, China sent three astronauts to walk in space on behalf of the Chinese people. The mission intended to test and display Chinese space technology. Yesterday, the "taikonauts" returned home to a hero's welcome.

Becoming only the third nation to walk in space, China took the first step towards its goal of building a Chinese space station as a challenge to Russia and the US Western powers and Japan have become nervous with suspicion that China wants to militarize space.

But even though China conducted an anti-satellite missile test last year, prospects for closer US-Chinese space cooperation have improved. This summer the US Treasury Department lifted sanctions against China, imposed thanks to allegations that China helped Iran develop its missile program. Top space officials from both countries have met, too. Here's to hoping the world doesn't face a space war!


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snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Uh, hello China, you are so four decades ago. The newest cool physics kid deal is the LHC...hope that helps. ;)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Caterpillar you took the words right out of my mouth ;)
ami17han ami17han 9 years
Hi Liberty! No problem!
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Hi ami17han! I guess I was getting ahead of myself! :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't think that it's really helpful for people to talk to a space military thing - it's soo premature since we don't even have a space station that can maintain a lot of life for the long term just yet. i think that it's a step in the right direction that there's another nation that's considering options in space and the more people that we have out there trying to build stations and increase technology- the better chance that we have to have sustainable life out there when the earth can no longer be habitable.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
well with the way they cheated at the olympics, faking the female gymnasts ages I wouldnt put it past them to fake this whole thing either.
ami17han ami17han 9 years
China did not land on the moon, yet. This last mission was their first space walk The next mission is set for a moon landing.
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