JOINT RUSSIAN-CHINESE-EUROPEAN SIMULATED SPACE MISSION
You may have missed this one - largely because our wonderfully informative media in this country probably didn't even mention the story on television or radio (or if they did, they probably did late at night, running it only once, popping it into the usual nonsense of infotainment and hysteria mongering that the American media does so well):
Mock Mars Mission \'Arrives\' at Red Planet
What interests me here is both the time of this mock mission, the no-expenses-barred attitude towards it, and the space-politics realignment heralded by this European-Russian-Chinese effort. Clearly, the amount of time involved in the mission - almost a year and a half - means that this was planned in detail for quite some time. That $15 million would be spent on it indicates the earnestness and seriousness with which these representative space powers take the idea of a manned mission to Mars. THe amount of time devoted and the amount of money invested in this project mean that these three entities are deadly serious about the possibility of a joint mission to Mars.
But notice also the political implications: these are the three power blocs that dominate the Eurasian land mass. We may expect, eventually, that India and Japan will play a role in this effort, and possibly even Brazil. Recently China and Russia decided to drop the dollar as a basis for their bilateral trade.
From my point of view, it looks to me as if the USA is being abandoned, not only as an economic power, but that it is being deliberately excluded from the long-range planning of future manned space missions. But whether being excluded or not, the USA and the current "leadership" in Washington needs, and needs now, a similar long-range vision for manned space missions, for if we do not go back to the Moon and Mars, rest assured, others are.
NASA is lost in the doldrums. Twenty years of a lack of vision by previous administrations - Dummycrooks and Republithugs alike - has led to America's declining role in space, and that bodes ill for the future. We need to be back in space, and in a big way, if we are to secure our future and the technological benefits that space programs have brought in the past. Europe, Russia, and China are not going to wait for us.
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Wow thank you Alien you hit the nail square on the head. I live in the mega-corporate States of America and of COURSE they ignore anything positive by Putin’s Russia or the PRC. Fredom of the Press??? My arse!! Not in Amerikkka anyways
Russia-Chinese Mars Program ? WOOOW ! Can`t wait for this moment !
No more stupid American On Space ! Shit ! They NEVER create Rocket anyway ! It was THE NAZI Werner Von Braun !
Stay Home Yankee ! Just watching your stupid Mumbo Jumbo Hollywood Shit !
I wholeheartedly agree! We have gotten soo much out of the space program since its birth and as of late the politicians are too dumb or corrupt to realize the need for NASA to get the funding and resources it needs. The education has also declined greatly. It is happening so rapidly it makes me wonder if this is a plan? This administration if DC almost seems like they aren’t even from this America. Have we been taken over?
A European-Russian-Chinese JOINT manned mission to Mars; kinda makes you go, “hmmm…” I recall reading in Hoagland’s and Bara’s groundbreaking “Dark Mission,” that ten days before the JFK assassination, President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev had agreed on a JOINT US-Soviet manned mission to the moon, ergo a possible modus operandi for eliminating and stopping JFK. And yet, President Obama did pull the plug on the US return to the moon for the foreseeable future, so I can only ask, to what end? What does the Commander-in-Chief know that isn’t being publically shared? If there really is a secret space program that might have had already “boots on the ground” on Mars (of course, including the moon), whose boots do they belong to and just what, AS A JOINT ENTERPRISE, are they doing, and to what ultimate goal, outside of just exploration and the recovery of a vast LOST HISTORY? How much longer will Americans be STUCK IN LOW EARTH ORBIT? How many secret astronauts abroad might be fluent in German! Ha!