As a human being, the sucessful (so far) launch of an astronaut by China pleases me. As an American, my feelings are distinctly mixed. Both the US and Russia have been puttering around in Earth orbit with our antiquated Shuttle and Soyuz systems, and I wonder if China will be the next nation to visit the Moon, or even Mars. Make no mistake about it, the International Space Stationis a great thing, and the research we have done so far is excellent, but the short-sightedness of our space programs has been disheartening. If one of the Presidential candidates would say, "I think we should go back to the Moon," or "I think we should go back to Mars," that would go a long way toward getting my vote--.