Saturday, April 01, 2006

"U.S. Losing Unofficial Space Race, Congressmen Say"

Not good.

WASHINGTON - Some congressmen believe the United States and China are in an unacknowledged space race that this country could lose if it doesn't spend more money on the civilian space program. ...

The China space-race discussion was touched off by Rep. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican who in February participated in the first U.S. government delegation visit to China's remote space launch facility.

"The American people have no idea how massive the China space program is," Kirk said.

We took on the Soviet Union in a race to the moon and won. It would be a shame if we lost today to China.

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