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China’s Long March 3B rocket launches new weather satellite

China early this morning successfully placed a weather satellite into orbit using its Long March 3B rocket.

No word on where the first stage crashed, though we know because the launch was from an interior launch site that it had to have crashed somewhere within China, hopefully not on any village anywhere.

The leaders in the 2021 launch race:

16 SpaceX
15 China
8 Russia
2 Rocket Lab

The U.S. still leads China 22 to 15 in the national rankings.

This list should change in only a few hours, as SpaceX has a Falcon 9 launch scheduled for 1:29 pm (Eastern), carrying a Dragon cargo freighter to ISS.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Mark

    Dual use technology overseen by Chinese Communist Party leads to questions. Wuhan Lab for virus research or lab for bio weapons? Weather satellite or Spy satellite?

  • wayne

    –> “Bio-weapons and spy-satellites.”


    “Peking must be destroyed.”

  • Jeff Wright

    “Wuhan go for throttle-up: COVID as virology’s Challenger Moment”

    I’ve got the title…Tucker interviewed the Feynman in all this–now for Mr. Z. to write the article to tie it together.

    Now for Bill Maher to call for all gain-of-function research to be done on the Moon to force virologists into being space advocates!
    HA! If I have learned one thing from marketing-or the left…it is how to distill down a ‘narrative’ into a catch phrase!

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