The US wants to send astronauts to the moon again, but they’re not the only ones.
In BILD, NASA boss Bill Nelson (79) warns: “There is a new competition for space – this time with China”.
NASA’s first astronauts are scheduled to travel to the moon in 2025 – the first time a woman.
But Beijing’s plans go further: China is planning its own lunar base – along with Russia!
► It should be completed by 2035. If it works, the Tyconauts – so-called astronauts from China – could then carry out experiments on the moon from 2036 onwards.
NASA boss Nelson was not comfortable with this: “We should be very worried about China landing on the moon and saying, ‘It’s ours, you stay out.’
The moon’s south pole is particularly hotly contested: water deposits suspected of being used to produce rocket fuel in the future.
Meaning: The ruler of the south side of the Moon has an important base in space. And maybe the Force.
However, Bill Nelson is adamant: “China’s space program is a military space program.” He himself was an astronaut in space before entering politics.
As a politician who otherwise relies on softer tones, Nelson is very clear. He criticizes the technology theft that made China’s participation in the space race possible: “China is good. But China is also good because they steal ideas and technology from others.
What military objectives can China pursue in space?
Nelson was outraged when asked by BILD: “Well, what do you think is going on at the Chinese space station? They’re learning there how to destroy other people’s satellites.
In fact, China has been researching technologies for years to “catch” satellites with robotic arms or nets to disable them: to clean up its own space debris, but indeed foreign satellites could also be attacked this way.
That’s what NASA is planning on the moon
With the Artemis project, NASA plans to return to the Moon in close cooperation with the European Space Agency, ESA.
► This summer, the first Orion space capsule will fly to the moon and orbit it. Orion, half built in Germany, remains unmanned.
► NASA astronauts will be in second orbit of the Moon in 2023.
A third flight in 2025 should bring two people to the moon: a woman, a black astronaut.
More projects: a gateway station in lunar orbit, a village, a launch pad to Mars.
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