[FPSPACE] The phony space race
Tue, 10 Jun 2003 17:30:50 -0400
>>Useful op-ed from Jeff Foust, rubbishing the claims of (or in favour for) a
>>"space race" with China.
> This is actually a pretty good discussion, although the real meat is in the
> second part of the article.
> I think that what is required, however, is more discussion of how the first
> space race was totally unique, a product of a specific set of circumstances.
I considered going into more detail about this, but I really wanted to
concentrate on deconstructing some of the claims that China was planning
imminent manned lunar missions. I could have made the article longer,
but I didn't want to test the readers' patience! The topic is worthy of
a standalone essay, in any case.
(At least one person disagrees with the essay's claims in detail: