Wrong, it is economics...national pride plays a part, but so does the 'E' word...
Originally posted by SolarFlare
You guys were talking about scientific discoveries, etc., from this flight. But don't you get it, it's all politics, 100% of it. Without the cold war, there would have been no space race. And without China trying to make itself a world power, there would be no Chinese manned space flight. That's not to say there would be nothing at all, but the manner in which it is done is entirely due to politics.