What if china makes it first to Mars?

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najab

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I doubt that would happen since China has no experience with long-duration space flight, doesn't yet have a launch vehicle big enough and lacks the long-rance communications infrastructure necessary for such an expedition <b>but</b> if it were to develop that China was on the verge of making the voyage I suspect that the US and Russia would push quite heavily to make it an International mission. Ironically, I suspect that if China was to invite anybody to join the mission, it would most likely be the Europeans.
 
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thechemist

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If they make it first, then, so be it, and good for them. And everyone else.<br />Why does this worry you ? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <em>I feel better than James Brown.</em> </div>
 
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silylene old

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I would say "fantastic! I am happy at least someone is going." <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature" align="center"><em><font color="#0000ff">- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -</font></em> </div><div class="Discussion_UserSignature" align="center"><font color="#0000ff"><em>I really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function.</em></font> </div> </div>
 
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lunatic133

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It worries me for the simple, selfish reason that if the Chinese are the only ones who go to Mars, then I myself will never be able to go. However I don't quite understand why if the Chinese go to Mars it suddenly means "Oops, space is closed." As I recall it's a rather large place. I'm sure there's room for more than one nation up there.
 
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spayss

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Huh? Why can't you go. No one can return to the Moon because the Americans went?<br /><br /> Mars isn't a landing spot but a large planet. Many, many times bigger in area than the United States. If you landed a helicopter in Nebraska, there's no room to land in Australia?
 
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najab

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She said if the Chinese were the <b>only</b> ones to go.<br />
 
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lunatic133

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Yes, you'll notice the sentence after that I say pretty much what you just said <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" />
 
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