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Reefer Fez - 2008-06-26

That's one hell of a "gust of wind".

Desidiosus - 2008-06-26

It was typhoon season?

kingarthur - 2008-06-26

I'm just going to say: you want to go to space, you roll the dice. Our early space program could have been just as catastrophic. And it not likely we never rained shuttle debris down on anybody.

zatojones - 2008-06-26

Our early space program could not have been just as catastrophic because when we made those calculated risks we always put safety first. The Chinese put production first, prestige gain second, and safety maybe somewhere towards tenth.

Chancho - 2008-06-26

In addition to luck, science and technology require a certain amount of magic and faith.

glasseye - 2008-06-26

Bah. Magic and faith are for weak-willed superstitious types. Scientists and engineers do not need such crutches in their work.

Cena_mark - 2008-06-26

Our space program worked because we had fine engineers, who were motivated and well educated. China's didn't work because they live in a society that oppresses the individual. We're not any luckier than them. They finally got their shit to work after Americans showed them how to do it right.... We're better.

Harveyjames - 2008-06-26

American concludes Americans are better after watching American documentary, there's a surprise

kingarthur - 2008-06-27

Im not saying luck, and especially NOT faith, have anything to do with it. It's just extremely fucking difficult to get your ass out of a gravity well strapped into a coke can shot into the air by tons of explosive fuel. Shit is bound to go wrong SOMEWHERE.

Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2008-06-26

Wow. If you're going to invest in a space program, you may as well do it properly...

Cena_mark - 2008-06-26

Stick to building walls.

j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-06-26

At least their walls don't fall over when hit by a "gust of wind."

("Wind" = Chinese word for "inept engineering")

RegularJosh - 2008-06-26

The Estes rocket program was very affordable, balsa wood is cheap. I think that is why it was so attractive to the Chinese goverment.

HURF BLURF DUH - 2008-06-26

The Chinese invented fireworks, you know.

kiint - 2008-06-26

i think they've taken that craft to its apogee here (get it? oh I slay me)

victorm - 2008-06-26

Aren't these things supposed to have killswitches?
You know to keep them from crashing into the People's Glorious village?
Only to be used in the event of a gust of wind of course.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2008-06-26

The Space Shuttle has them in each SRB and I guess our unmanned rockets have them as well.

j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-06-26

I had heard that you can't really put killswitches in a Solid Rocket Booster; you light them, and they go until they run out.

I am no rocket scientist however, so take that with a grain of salt.

Repomancer - 2008-06-26

No. You can't kill an SRB once it's lit. You can jettison it, but that's about all.

zatojones - 2008-06-27

That's why we launch out over the ocean

DrVital - 2008-06-26

Light and run away.

Loud report.

glasseye - 2008-06-26

Ahaha, nice.

Repomancer - 2008-06-26

The Chinese built rockets like the Soviets built reactors. It's not a problem if you can cover up the accidents -- which, as it turned out, isn't always possible.

Udderdude - 2008-06-26

What could possibly go wrong?



Billings - 2008-06-26

"Long march", eh? Can't fault them for bad names at least

Borborygmus - 2008-06-26

Does it have to look so much like a dick? I mean really, it's got two little round boosters near the base and a big swollen head. it's embarrassing. Also embarrassing-killing 500 people.

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