China might be contemplating a “takeover” of the Moon as part of its military space program and Chinese astronauts are busy learning how to destroy other nations’ satellites, NASA chief Bill Nelson claimed. In 2035, he said that Beijing could have its Moon station completed and be able to begin experimentation a year later.
When and What Bill Nelson Claimed?
In an interview published on Saturday, Nelson claimed that the United States is now involved in a new race to space, with China this time. 79-year-old Nelson claimed that we must be very concerned about China landing on the Moon and saying that it now belongs to the Peoples’ Republic and everyone else should stay out.
Competition For South Pole Btw China And The US
Which Chinese Projects Created Such Concerns In NASA?
- China’s Growing Plants On Moon
For the first time, China Chang’e 4 lunar lander successfully grew plants on the Moon under its ambitious lunar mission, giving it a competitive edge. Lunar biosphere experiment was conducted in partnership with 28 Chinese universities. The lunar development marked “the completion of humankind’s first biological experiment on the Moon” for China, ruling Communist Party’s mouth piece People’s Daily said on Twitter.
First in human history: A cotton seed brought to the moon by China's Chang'e 4 probe has sprouted, the latest test photo has shown, marking the completion of humankind's first biological experiment on the moon pic.twitter.com/CSSbgEoZmC— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) January 15, 2019
China managed to grow plants out of the rapeseed and potato seeds but the cotton seeds were the first to sprout.
- China’s land On Far Side Of The Moon
In a first far side landing, China’s Chang’e-4 mission delivered the Yutu-2 rover on Von Kármán crater, within the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin, a region where no human or NASA robot has ventured before. Beijing’s ‘secretive’ Moon mission landed on December 7, 2019. Chang’e-4 represented the first time that a country managed to land a soft lander on the far side of the Moon, as well as deploy a rover to explore on the lunar far side.
China has criticized warnings from the Chief of NASA. Zhao Liijian, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, told to the reporters on Monday that China firmly opposed NASA administrator Bill Nelson’s ‘irresponsible remarks’.