Lost in space race

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MOVE OVER, C-3P0: Japan has launched the world's first talking robot into space. Little Kirobo, a whole 13 inches tall, will help humans on the International Space Station study how machines can give them comfort.

MOVE OVER, C-3P0: Japan has launched the world’s first talking robot into space. Little Kirobo, a whole 13 inches tall, will help humans on the International Space Station study how machines can give them comfort.

China is on its way up, way up.

There “are unmistakable warning signs,” writes John Hickman in Foreign Policy, “that China may surpass the United States and Russia to become the world’s preeminent spacefaring power.”

The U.S. shuttle program ended in 2011. But China is planning to launch a “space lab” in 2015 and  have its own space station by 2020, the same year that the International Space Station is set to be scrapped.

An excerpt from the print edition of This Just In  for Aug. 6, 2013. This Just In appears in the A-section of the Tribune-Review on Tuesday and Friday. 

 
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