#1 New milestone for China: Probe snaps close-ups of asteroid Toutatis12-15-2012, 11:38 PM
By Alan Boyle
China's official news agency is reporting that the country's Chang'e 2 deep-space probe made an amazing flyby of the asteroid Toutatis this week, snapping a series of pictures as it passed by at a distance of just 2 miles. The achievement signals China's entry into yet another exclusive space club.
Only four of the world's space efforts have managed close encounters with asteroids: NASA (with NEAR Shoemaker and Dawn, for example), the European Space Agency (with Rosetta), Japan (with Hayabusa) — and now China with Toutatis.
The official Xinhua news agency quoted officials at the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, or SASTIND, as saying that Chang'e 2 buzzed past the 3-mile-long (5-kilometer-long) asteroid at a relative speed of 24,000 mph (10.73 kilometers per second).
I really didn't need to see anyone's toutatis.
12-16-2012, 12:23 AM
Albeit in this instance it was only a "close encounter" you must know that if China is touting about how it can see whatever in space... by inference it telling us that they can see whatever they want to see here.. in our country too.
Any bets that the Mercedes Marxist is doing everything he can possibly do, instructing our forces and our scientists to "roll out" our secrets, so that the Chinese can view them too? Meanwhile they (the Chi-Coms) continue to flex their muscle in the Asian seas.
What a dangerous world we live in when the leaders of the most powerful nation, a force for freedom, is doing everything its power that it can do (w/o being too overtly obvious), to bring that (this nation) down. And you just know that it could not happen w/o a State run media.
The ignorance and the far left ideologues in this country have created a monster.
Liberalism is just communism sold by the drink.
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