That time of the weekend again….the time when I focus attention on the space race…..a race to rape the universe.
China is about to re-make history….and bring Moon rocks back to Earth….
China is continuing to flex its space muscles. On Tuesday, it rolled a rocket into place that is scheduled to lift off for an ambitious mission to the moon early next week, reports the AP. The Long March-5 will carry the Chang’e 5, whose mission is to fetch rocks and other material from the moon—the first time humans will have done so in more than 40 years, per Nature. The mission calls for Chang’e 5’s moon lander component to dig about 7 feet down from the surface and bring up what it finds. It’s a complement to a 2019 mission in which China became the first nation to land a rover on the far side of the moon.
“To take it to the next level to return samples from the moon is a significant technological capability,” says planetary geologist Carolyn van der Bogert of the University of Münster, Germany. China also has a mission to Mars currently underway. Analysis of the soon-to-be-retrieved moon rocks could answer questions about the moon’s evolution and perhaps shed light on planets as well, per Nature. As for the earlier moon mission, China’s rover continues to send back photos, and Space.com has the latest ones
WE must be ready for “orbital warfare”…..so claims the leadership wants the world to believe……
Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond’s new guidance document strikes a distinctly martial tone, focusing future investment on “orbital warfare” capabilities out to the Moon and beyond.
The guidance — which covers all aspects of Space Force development from command structure to new acquisition practices based on digital engineering, to “force design” and to training — is aimed at rapidly building the new service’s capability to handle the “shift from space as a benign domain to a warfighting domain,” Raymond told reporters today.
The guidance “aligns our priorities, activities and goals,” he said. “It’s a roadmap for the future, to compete and deter and win as outlined in the National Defense Strategy.”
Most people know that we now have another branch of military service…The Space Force…..and within this branch will be Space Marines…..
As if 2020 hasn’t brought us enough surprises, U.S. Space Command announced on Friday that the U.S. military can now count Space Marines among its ranks … or something along those lines.
According to a press release, the Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger ordered the activation of the Marine Corps Forces Space Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., effective Oct. 1, 2020.
The new command “will focus on providing space operational support to the Fleet Marine Force,” the press release said. It will be led by Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Matthew G. Glavy.
I often say the our new Space Force sounds more like an invasion and occupation force than a self-defense force…..
If you are interested to see where your grandchildren will be fighting those endless wars then this article may help……https://thediplomat.com/2020/11/how-the-us-space-force-doctrine-paves-the-way-for-future-warfighting/
The endless wars in the future…..not much will change….just the location.
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