While NASA and the European Space Agency gets most of the world’s attention, China, Japan and India are racing for the heavens. Since China’s first human spaceflight in 2003 and its threatening anti-satellite test in 2007, Asia has seen a surge in space activity, with budgets increasing rapidly across the region. While few officials admit to the term, a “space race” is emerging in Asia.
Head on over to the DailyBeast for the full story and analysis of China, Japan and India that are starting a new space race that may put the EU and USA in the follower position in the future.
In a short Q&A interview with Forbes Magazine, Chinese-American astronaut Leroy Chiao advocates embracing China, rather than shunning it, in the new space race to Mars . He also talks about the recent spying charges USA and China are batting back and forth and what that should mean wrt better cooperation in space.
Leroy also touches on the current Russia/USA relations and gives a little insight into the impact it’s having on the shared space exploration efforts onboard the International Space Station.
I totally agree with Leroy on the China+USA collaboration to get to Mars. We’re both highly motivated countries regarding space exploration. China in particular may be willing to foot more of the $$$/RMB cost if there’s more sharing of technology between us. I think we stand a better chance of pulling off this huge effort working together, rather than in isolation.
Check out Leroy’s personal site with videos he’s appeared in, links to his op-eds and more.
From mobiSights :
In the first 10 months of the year, according to official figures, China’s population of phone users has reached approximately 1.1 billion by the end of October. This means that of the 1.34 billion people living in China, approximately 82% of them already own and use cell phones.
Via Hao Hao Report
Here’s a cool infographic on the gifts that are appropriate and inappropriate for Chinese friends and colleagues.
Gifts in China: what to give, what to avoid (infographic)
Here’s a good episode of This American Life from public radio: Americans in China. I visit China 4 times a year and spend a couple of weeks on site each trip working with my Chinese colleagues in Beijing. I’m fascinated by the culture and the language, so I took a particular interest in this broadcast.
Concerns are raised about possible fatal design flaw in green vehicles after deadly collision in Shenzhen, China. As we push towards being more green, going with electric vehicles is one concept that has been a desire for most of society for quite a while. Should we be worried now if we’re pushing the boundaries in a faster pace than technology can keep up?