NASA Administrator Bill Nelson expressed concern about China ‘s moon landing and the danger it may pose to other nations’ efforts.
The space race has become fierce and world powers have shown more and more interest in crossing the borders of our planet and setting their sights outside it. Given that there are more and more countries with space programs, the uncertainty of what can happen in scenarios like the Moon once everyone has reached it provokes a series of reactions and comments like those of Bill Nelson , head of NASA .
The current head of NASA told the German newspaper Bild that the United States fears what might happen to our satellite once China reaches it. Nelson insisted that Beijing is preparing a military space program not only to outmaneuver its adversaries, but also to assert supremacy on the Moon , even with the possibility that one day they may claim it as their own.
According to the administrator of the space agency, the Asian giant seeks to build its own lunar base together with Russia and its plans should come to fruition in 2035. If this were to happen, both nations could begin experiments on the lunar surface from 2036.
“You should worry us”
In the interview granted to Bild , Nelson indicated that the arrival of the “taikonauts” to our satellite is to be feared because of what it may mean for the rest of the countries that have also shown interest in it.
“We should be very concerned that China lands on the moon and says, ‘Now it’s ours and you guys stay out of it,'” the NASA chief said . “There is a new race to space, this time with China . What do you think will happen in the Chinese space station? They will be there to learn how to destroy other people’s satellites ” .
Chinese space program
China’s advances in its race to explore beyond the limits of the Earth have made giant strides in recent years. In January 2004, the State Council gave its approval to the national lunar exploration program. Fifteen years later in 2019, the Asian giant achieved its first great achievement when one of its ships landed on the dark side of the star.
The aforementioned mission was carried out by the Chang’e-4 automatic interplanetary station, which also used the Yutu-2 rover. The explorer robot covered more than 1,000 meters of this surface and gathered an enormous amount of valuable information for its study.