Friday, September 26, 2008

China's Space/Time Warp News Agency


Aw man, this is rich.

Earlier this week, Communist China's official government news agency, Xinhua, published news reports about a manned orbital launch and spacewalk, including orbit-to-ground conversations, before the rocket took off.


Xinhua's breathless account of the launch included fictional ground-to-orbit dialogue like:

“First-level measurement arrangement!

“After this order, signal lights were all switched on. Various data show up on rows of screens, hundreds of technicians staring at the screens, without missing any slightest changes . . .

“One minute to go! . . .

“The firm voice of the controller broke the silence of the whole ship. Now, the target is captured 12 seconds ahead of the predicted time . . .

Of course this is all in keeping with China's preoccupation with putting on a good false front for the world to see. Most recently, we remember some of the fast ones they tried to pull in the Olympics.

Somebody in Xinhua is going to be sent to the slave labor factory for this boner.

Btw, the actual mission was apparently a success, with the astronauts returning safely, earlier today.

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