China to claim ownership of the moon ?

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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The next two years may decide who prevails in the US-China race to the moon, which is getting more and more fierce. According to Bill Nelson, the head of NASA, a Chinese victory may result in the nation claiming control of significant portions of the moon, according to Politico.According to Bill Nelson, who took over the US space agency in 2021, there is a new space competition between the US and China, and hostilities between the two nations on Earth may even spread to the Moon.

The former Florida senator and astronaut asserted in an interview that “it is a fact that we are in a space race.” And it’s true that we need to keep an eye out to make sure they don’t enter a location on the moon pretending to be conducting scientific study. And it’s not impossible that they could declare, “Keep out, we’re here, this is our area.” He used the South China Sea as an earthly illustration, where the Chinese military has built bases on disputed islands. If you have any doubts, consider what they did to the Spratly Islands.

In November, NASA finished the Artemis 1 mission, which involved orbiting the Moon in an unmanned Orion spacecraft. The mission came before Artemis 3, whose objective is to send men to the moon by 2025. China just finished building the Tiangong space station, and in November, a team of taikonauts was launched in its direction. Beijing announced it has identified a new lunar mineral that may be used as an energy source and wants to send three expeditions to the moon over the course of the next ten years as part of its Chang’e lunar programme.

A Pentagon assessment also emphasised the Chinese space program’s most recent developments. It praised China for its creative ability to set up a communications relay utilising a satellite between the Earth and the moon by landing on the far side of the moon. According to the paper, China is getting better at making space launch systems, which will allow for greater human space travel. However, China’s communist government is adamant that these questions about its motivations are unfounded.

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