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  • I can only assume you're referring to the Chinese successfully launching a taikonaut? If so, I have to say that I am extremely happy to see this. If, in fact, the rumors that China wants a lunar outpost are true, I will be one of the first to cheer them on. I can not say that I am a particular fan of China or the terrible things that they have done, but I am happy for humankind to be seriously reaching for space again.

    Time to find some old Heinlein to read.

    • The only problem I have is this silly "taikonaut" word. I understand that Chinese feelings are hurt that there's a special English word for Russian astronauts, so they want their own word too, but where do we draw the line? Do we need a new word every time a new country launches someone into space? The proper solution is to stop using "cosmonaut" and call everyone "astronauts". (And the Russians can stop using "астронавт" and use "ко
      • The proper solution is to stop using "cosmonaut" and call everyone "astronauts".

        Given that Yuri Gagarin, a Russian, was the first man in space, wouldn't it be more appropriate then for us to abandon the silly word "astronaut" and start calling everyone "cosmonauts"?