http://www.spacedaily.com/news/china-03zj.html "the craft would orbit the Earth 14 times, suggesting the flight will last 21 hours. This would distinguish China from the former Soviet Union and the United States, the only other nations to send a man into space, whose maiden flights in the 1960s lasted 108 minutes and 15 minutes respectively." This is an important event in history, perhaps even more important in the long term than what's going on in Iraq. While the United States' space shuttle sits on the ground broken, the chinese are going to make a significant technological accomplishment. In the aerospace industry, the US has lost its edge (some would say years ago). Airbus is beating Boeing in the commercial aviation market, and now the European Space Agency and the chinise are catching(caught?) up to the US in space. The aerospae industry is a strong indicator of the US losing its superiority around the world.