China may be plotting a ‘takeover’ of the Moon as part of its military space program, NASA says

China’s National Space Administration, the state-owned space company, may be planning a “takeover” of the Moon as part of its military space program, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, to Bild newspaper. During the interview, Nelson claimed that the United States was involved in the space race with Beijing.

In 2035, he repeated, China will complete the construction of its own lunar station and launch several lunar programs. The 79-year-old NASA administrator acknowledged that the US space administration was actually “very concerned” about China’s moon landing and its moon hijacking program.

For the first time, the China Chang’e 4 lunar lander has successfully grown plants on the Moon as part of its ambitious lunar mission, giving NASA a competitive edge. The Lunar Biosphere Experiment was conducted in partnership with 28 Chinese universities. Photographs released by China’s National Space Administration showed a budding cottonseed germinating in biological matter, in an early example of its kind. The lunar development marked “the completion of humanity’s first biological experiment on the Moon” for China, ruling Communist Party spokesman People’s Daily said on Twitter.

China has successfully grown plants from rapeseed and potato seeds, but cotton seeds were the first to sprout, Professor Liu Hanlong of Chongqing University told the South China Morning newspaper. Post.

China’s Yutu 2 rover, seen by the Chang’e 4 lander, on the far side of the moon. Image credit: CNSA

China lands on the far side of the Moon: the Von Kármán crater

On a first distant landing, China’s Chang’e-4 mission delivered the Yutu-2 rover to the Von Kármán crater in the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin, an area where no humans or NASA robots had never ventured before. Beijing’s “secret” mission to the Moon landed on December 7, 2019. Chang’e-4 represented the first time a country had successfully landed a soft lander on the far side of the Moon, as well as deploy a rover to explore the moon. far side, Notre Dame planetary scientist Clive Neal reportedly said.

In 1959, the far side of the Moon was first photographed by the Soviet Luna 3 spacecraft and so there are Russian names for important far side features, such as Mare Moscoviense. Previous NASA studies have found that the farside crust is thicker, likely making it more difficult for magmas to erupt on the surface, limiting the amount of farside marine basalts. NASA has not yet landed on this region of the Moon because it can be difficult to maintain communication with Earth due to the disruption of radio signals. China has become the first country to circumvent this problem by repairing a relay satellite on the Chang’e-4 mission.

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