China’s Shenzhou 9 spacecraft has landed safely, and all three astronauts have exited the capsule in good health.

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The competition heats up: China’s Shenzhou 9 spacecraft has landed safely, and all three astronauts have exited the capsule in good health. More details here.


One comment

  • Chris Kirkendall

    The U.S. is officially #3 now – both the Russians & Chinese currently have more manned space capabilities than we do. Hoefully that will change in the not-too-distant future…

    We should not take China’s military capabilities lightly, either – just as in 1957 when the Soviets demonstrated their technical capabilies with the launching of the first satellite (Sputnik) & in ’61 with Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, it let us know they were at least on par with us, probably even ahead of us, in terms of missile development, etc. We don’t know how advanced China’s stealth fighter is, as well as some of their other military hardware, but we’d best not assume we’re way ahead of them…

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