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Will China win the ultimate moon race?

By T.K. Randall
October 25, 2011 · Comment icon 47 comments

Image Credit: NASA
A US space executive is concerned that China will stake a claim on the moon before the US does.
In the 60s the US was in a race with the Soviets to put a man in space; today, one billionaire "space executive" is concerned that China will stake a claim on the moon before the United States is able to do so. The focus of his concern is that once Chinese astronauts and scientists make a clear investigation of the moon, they will withdraw from the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and claim possession of the moon with the intention of collecting payment from others who wish to follow in their footsteps.
Is China on course to surpass the United States as the world's space superpower and stake a claim on the moon in the next 15 years? Billionaire space executive Robert Bigelow is deeply worried about that scenario — and he says Americans need a "kick in the ass" to respond to the challenge.


Source: MSNBC Cosmic Log | Comments (47)




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Comment icon #38 Posted by Karlis 13 years ago
Answer this question: what rights do aliens have under this UN treaty? Aliens are not mentioned in this treaty so they have no rights. OF course if you believe that aliens do not and cannot exist, then nobody should mention, especially in a UN treaty. I am sure the countries which wrote this treaty believed that at the time. But if they do not exist then they can be exterminated to make sure they cannot exist. So instead of calling the future the age of space colonization, it should be called the age of space imperialism Mike, you are correct on this one point: "Aliens are not mentioned in thi... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by MID 13 years ago
Answer this question: what rights do aliens have under this UN treaty? Aliens are not mentioned in this treaty So I ask you, you avoid answering anything (for obvious reasons) and you ask me this nutty question? OK, I shall answer the question: Mikey. Aliens have no rights under any treaty. You're absolutely correct that they are not mentioned. This is because: A treaty is an agreement drawn between parties and affects activities and behaviors which apply to those parties. These things apply to PEOPLE and the effects PEOPLE CAN HAVE on other people and objects or life forms indigenous to our w... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Squirrel93 13 years ago
"Claim the moon?" Wow. That's not even possible.
Comment icon #41 Posted by MID 13 years ago
"Claim the moon?" Wow. That's not even possible. Yes, I think you're onto the basics of the situation there Squiirel. No one may claim the Moon, and certainly no one could then "take over" the Moon, since no one can, or has, staked a claim to it.
Comment icon #42 Posted by skookum 13 years ago
You WERE doing that, we are talking about future here not the past.. And NASA is not showing any results at all, and only space vessel they had they burried it... If you ask me NASA failed by doing that, shuttle just needs some updating or some new parts up there and NASA would kill competition, with some innovative thinking. But they rather go for rock and dust on the moon, thats overall result? Very "good" for oldtimer in space exploration. By now by logic NASA should be a great space agency. Why isnt? I am really p***ed at NASA , why cancel shuttle now when they were just to deliver Vasimr ... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by MID 13 years ago
So you think they will just jump from a man into orbit to a moon mission? Of course not, they have a development plan like any other space agency. I hear they plan to have a small manned space station operational by 2022. That's 10 years from now, when did the russians launch Mir? If they have all this knowledge and their space program technology so worked out why is it going to take them another ten years for something the Russians had over 20 years ago? They have lots of basic things (well maybe not basic) like docking to work out and perfect. Something they are only trying over the last cou... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by tadpole16 13 years ago
actually china is having alot of trouble figuring out how to get humans on the moon. We've never been there.
Comment icon #45 Posted by puridalan 13 years ago
Okay not about Chian but tonight I looked at full moon..and Idk if I am nuts or what lol, but I swear I had to do like a five time double take of the moon. At first I thought I was seeing the moons glow around it, but then I went no, on the left hand side of moon looks like another dam planet was behind it, like a shadow of it at least like you think of solar eclipse..sort of. Anyone else see that tonight or no just me?
Comment icon #46 Posted by Jerry Only 13 years ago
I'm wondering what Birdman is thinking of all this talk.
Comment icon #47 Posted by MID 13 years ago
actually china is having alot of trouble figuring out how to get humans on the moon. We've never been there. The two sentences are unrelated. They're also both wrong. 1. You have no idea IF China is making an effort toward a lunar landing program, and if they do, you have no idea what difficulties they might be having, becuase I very much doubt you have any idea of the difficulties involved in such an endeavor. 2. We were there. 9 manned missions went to the Moon between 1968 and 1972. I suspect you may be a wee bit too young to realize that.


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