China and Russia: Partners in Lunar Exploration

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Our Former Cold-War Rivals are Teaming Up Again for Lunar Exploration – Even As Trump Says the Moon is “Not So Exciting.”

This is all part of the plan, I guess. I mean, the guys in charge—the ones pulling President Beeblebrox’s strings—they know what’s happening, right? Surely they do. It’s totally fine that Russia and China are teaming up to explore the lunar south pole. I’m sure their interests in lunar exploration are purely scientific and commercial in nature. Besides, according to the Pretender in Chief, the moon’s really not that big a deal.

What Am I On About?

First, Russia and China announced last week that they’re teaming up to explore the Moon. The Chinese are the only country to have landed on the moon in the past 40 years. The Chang’e 4 lander and Yutu 2 rover, part of China’s current lunar mission, became the first robots to operate on the far side of the moon back in January.  Now as part of the new space powerhouse’s long-term strategy, China will apparently partner with Russia on several upcoming lunar missions. They will even share a data center with outposts in each country. This per a Rosmocos statement last week.

The countries will use shared resources to explore the lunar regions nobody’s been to yet. The Chinese have been very good at lunar exploration so far, though Russia has had some issues with human spaceflight of late. NASA is trying to get back in the lunar exploration game, of course, too, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that by listening to the President. 

Trump Insists the Moon Isn’t Important

In the midst of this partnership between his Russian buddies and his Chinese frienemies, Beeblebrox is still holding firm to the idea that Mars is the next step for NASA, not the Moon. The guy just can’t seem to grasp that we need to use the Moon as a staging ground for future Mars missions. The safety of our astronauts and the long-term stability of the program depend on that single principle. It’s not that difficult to understand – hell, I get it and I’m just a writer. There are resources on the Moon that we can use to make rocket fuel. We’ll also need significantly less rocket fuel to get to Mars from the Moon than we would need to get to Mars from Earth. Those are just the really big reasons the Moon is still important.

That is, of course, to say nothing of the proving ground concept. NASA plans on using human lunar exploration to prove strategies and equipment that will eventually be sent to Mars. We absolutely need these missions in order to make it to Mars. After all, when things go wrong, as they inevitably will, it will be a lot better if communication with Houston is only a few minutes away rather than a few days.

Trump, though, continuously downplays the importance of such missions. On Friday, in a meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister, he told reporters, “We’re stopping at the moon. The moon is actually a launching pad.” He continued, “That’s why we’re stopping at the moon. I said, ‘Hey, we’ve done the moon. That’s not so exciting.’ So we’ll be doing the moon. But we’ll really be doing Mars.” So okay, it seems like he gets it, but he doesn’t.

It’s not enough for Trump to be the only country to have ever landed people on the moon. Nor is it enough that we should return by the end of a potential (FSM Let’s hope not) second Trump term. Nope. Trump wants the big red planet next door and he’s going to keep throwing a tantrum about it until he gets it.

Meanwhile, While We’re Being All “Great Again,” Over Here…

Russia and China are teaming up. It’s like a wormhole opened up and sucked all of the worst parts of the 1980s over to this time. Both the Russians and the Chinese understand the value of the resources on the far side of the moon. They also both understand the value of having lunar outposts and doing research. Both countries have ambitious plans for space exploration, too, and the resources to make those plans a reality. We have a goon in a red tie who couldn’t tie his own shoelaces telling his people to forget about the Moon. Thankfully there’s Bridenstine, for now.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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