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NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Visits China
« on: 09/22/2006 07:03 PM »
Sept. 22, 2006

Dean Acosta/Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1400/1272
RELEASE: 06-322

NASA ADMINISTRATOR MICHAEL GRIFFIN VISITS CHINA

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin begins a trip to China this
weekend, marking the first time a NASA administrator visits the
country.

Griffin is making this visit at the invitation of Laiyan Sun,
administrator of the China National Space Administration. His visit
runs from Saturday to Thursday. The trip includes stops in Beijing
and Shanghai. During his trip, Griffin will tour a number of
aerospace facilities.

"My goal is to become acquainted with my counterparts in China and to
understand their goals for space exploration," Griffin said.

Senior NASA officials accompanying Griffin to China include Associate
Administrator for Space Operations William Gerstenmaier, Assistant
Administrator for External Relations Michael O'Brien and NASA
astronaut Shannon Lucid, all of whom have extensive experience
working with international space programs.

For updates on the NASA administrator's trip to China, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/griffin_china.html


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RE: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Visits China
« Reply #1 on: 09/24/2006 11:33 PM »
This visit is very interesting.

Can we expect any kind of agreement between the US and China in terms of manned spaceflight (a chinese crew member on a shuttle flight? a Shenzhou / ISS docking usiang a russian docking mechanism?).

Maybe we can also expect a chinese launch this days to show the reliability of the chinese launchers to the western administrator?

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RE: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Visits China
« Reply #2 on: 09/25/2006 12:32 AM »
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Satori - 24/9/2006  6:16 PM

This visit is very interesting.

Can we expect any kind of agreement between the US and China in terms of manned spaceflight (a chinese crew member on a shuttle flight? a Shenzhou / ISS docking usiang a russian docking mechanism?).

Maybe we can also expect a chinese launch this days to show the reliability of the chinese launchers to the western administrator?

That would be far premature, and expecting far too much from this meeting. This is a "get-acquainted" visit.
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Re: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Visits China
« Reply #3 on: 09/25/2006 12:51 AM »
While this visit may develop into some further, lower level dialog and *maybe* a bit of information-sharing agreements later on, it's way, way too early to predict anything to do with Chinese astronauts visiting the ISS.

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Re: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Visits China
« Reply #4 on: 09/25/2006 03:59 PM »
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While this visit may develop into some further, lower level dialog and *maybe* a bit of information-sharing agreements later on, it's way, way too early to predict anything to do with Chinese astronauts visiting the ISS.

I would imagine that by 2010, with the retirement of the Shuttle, that US astronauts would travel to ISS via Shenzhou, until CEV ever flies.

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Re: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Visits China
« Reply #5 on: 09/25/2006 08:40 PM »
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MKremer - 24/9/2006  5:34 PM

While this visit may develop into some further, lower level dialog and *maybe* a bit of information-sharing agreements later on, it's way, way too early to predict anything to do with Chinese astronauts visiting the ISS.

I would imagine that by 2010, with the retirement of the Shuttle, that US astronauts would travel to ISS via Shenzhou, until CEV ever flies.

Don't count on it.  They'll be on Soyuz or even Dragons long, long before (if ever) they fly up on Shenzhou.



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