Saturday, April 6, 2013

China and NASA: The CoDominion does not cooperate in space

In Fireball over U.S. east coast, I promised to follow up on preparing for a disaster from space.
Last week, Congress held hearings on preparing for Near Earth Objects, as described on Daily Kos by jamess in Space Rocks move Congress, Climate Change impacts not so much and DarkSyde in This week in science: and Neo was its name-o!. I'll have more on those hearings later.
I'll get to the meat and potatoes of the issue later. Right now, I'm focusing on the repercussions of Chinese spies at NASA? has two video clips on the mention of the alleged incident and what it means for U.S. space policy.

First, here's Chinese Spy Fallout - NASA Administrator Responds To The House | Video.

During the House Appropriations Committee Oversight Hearing, NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden updated Congress on the investigation into Chinese National Bo Jiang, accused of spying at NASA's Langley Research Center.
Next, the Co-Dominion may be coopertating for sustainability, but we are definitely not cooperating in space.

Anti-China Rhetoric Flies and NASA Admin Asks Why? | Asteroid Threat Hearing Video

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) believes that all nations, except China, should cooperate to mitigate the issue of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs). NASA Admin. Charles Bolden explains that Congress forbids NASA's involvement with China.
That's interesting. I had no idea that NASA was the only civilian governmental agency forbidden from interacting with China. Conversely, NASA can work with all other nations with space programs. While this may be good for U.S. competitiveness in space, it's not good for the survival of civilization to exclude the third nation with its own independent human space program from efforts to protect the planet.

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