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Bill Nelson fears that China will claim the Moon

It's somewhat against the UN convention and NASA chief knows it

02.Jan.23 9:30 AM
By Abigail Richards
Photo NASA


Bill Nelson fears that China will claim the Moon

China may have the ambition to claim areas on the moon for mineral extraction and exclude the United States. The head of the US space agency NASA warns of this in an interview with Politico.

According to Bill Nelson, China and the US are engaged in a race to see who can put people on the moon again. That battle will be decided in the next two years.

"It's a fact: we are in a space race," says the former senator and astronaut from Florida. "And we must be careful that they (China, Ed.) do not gain a foothold on the moon under the guise of scientific research. For it is not excluded that they say: "stay outside, this is our territory.'"

The Chinese space program is making rapid progress. In November, China opened its own space station. China has already landed on the moon several times and sent a robotic spacecraft with a camera to Mars. By the end of this decade, Beijing wants to put taikonauts (Chinese astronauts) on the moon.

The United States plans to put humans on the moon by the end of 2025 for the first time since 1972. But the slightest delay in the development of new technology could mean that China is earlier.

NASA chief Nelson is optimistic that a manned mission can fly around the moon in 2024. A year later, Americans must set foot on the lunar surface. But there is no guarantee that the US will be first. "China has achieved tremendous success and progress over the past ten years. Their moon landing date is also getting earlier and earlier."

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