China has announced an ambitious plan for its space program marking yet another chapter in the 21st century space story, according to this article on

China lays out five-year space plans

Clearly China intends to maintain a heavy presence in space and has set its sights on the Moon, but note the subtle suggestion that no nation maintaining a presence in space does so for entirely peaceful purposes. It doesn't take much imagination to see why: space is the universal high ground and allowing any one nation to have a virtual monopoly of it is a recipe for geopolitical disaster.

The same could be said, in a greater sense, of the Moon. China understands the value of space for the development of technologies here on earth. All of this raises again the question of why America would basically shut down its manned space exploration program when so many other nations are pressing forward. In neither the geopolitical or technological /economic contexts does this make any sense.

NASA has made it clear that it is pressing forward with its robotic space probe program, which has indeed been one of the unsung successes of NASA...not as glamorous as the Moon landings, to be sure, but in terms of data gained, far surpassing expectations, as any perusal of images from the outer solar system, Iapetus, Vesta, Neptune, etc, will amply demonstrate. But why the shunning of manned missions? NASA of course has implied this is best left up to private commercial development now, and I have blogged in previous days about the formation of corporations to mine the Moon.

From the geopolitical and national security standpoint alone, it simply makes no sense that the US military-industrial complex would relinquish manned space technologies, and it is therefore a reasonable conclusion that something else may be going on behind the scenes. After all, as Ben Rich said, "We have the technology to take ET home." Maybe we already have, and maybe everyone else is just catching up. That said, it will be very interesting to watch the development of the Chinese program, and how they will handle and stage their program, and what lessons they may have learned from everyone else.




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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. HAL838 on January 8, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I am not betting on, counting on, planning on;
    anything past the next two years.

    I’ll be paying my bills, though.
    sign me,
    Justin Case

  2. Ramura on January 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Joseph, I read it much the same as you seem to. That “they” are no longer bothering to even keep up pretenses! The masses seem to go along with ANYTHING that they roll out, no matter how extreme or de-liberating, so why should they spend ALL that (money) on even trying to fake it for us anymore!

    Risking sounding apocalyptic, again, it DOES seem to me more “endgame” programming, if nothing else.

    S in SF ^i^

  3. marcos anthony toledo on January 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    After what been happenning at Baikonur to the Russians lately if I was the Chinese I be very carefull and watch my back. Prepare for their launch failures and a few man fatalities thrown in to intimidate them this would not be the first time remember Zaire at the time to a certain German private space company the Space-X at that time put it out of business by anti-government rebels at the time. But again the Chinese must have taken that into consideration and I think prepared for that after all they have been around like the Persians for a long time.

  4. Patrick on January 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Here is Japan’s seven year plan…

    Japan’s Princess Kaoru Nakamaru Talks about the Coming Times and Changes of 2012

    • Ramura on January 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      LOL! Even though I actually LIKE her vision, and find her to be quite sincere.

      Still…I cannot imagine that is what YOU meant when you posted this link with the comment, “Here is Japan’s seven year plan…Japan’s Princess Kaoru Nakamaru Talks about the Coming Times and Changes of 2012″…

      S in SF ^i^

  5. Robert Barricklow on January 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

    If one takes the prospective that the wordl’s economy is under control of a “New World Order” then perhaps it does “make any sense”. That they have instituted the new religion: “the market” and are replacing the “nation-state” with the “market-state” soon to be “market/one-world-state” is getting clearer.
    The ‘control’ part is the: difficult ‘who’ is ‘actually’ pulling the strings?
    The circles within circles is just the complex part of this agenda.
    Thats why discovering the beginning of “it” is important, and I believe this answer goes waaaaay back.

  6. Antoine on January 6, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Quote: “it simply makes no sense that the US military-industrial complex would relinquish manned space technologies” End quote.

    Well, the General and the CEO were finishing up their plans for the manned space missions when the Banker asked them who of the two would pay the bill. They both pointed the finger at the banker who laughed and walked away, refusing flat out to pay for something he couldn’t afford. America is broke. Wake up… its for real. Manned space missions? They simply can’t afford that anymore.

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