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Chang’e 6: why China is doing everything not to leave the Moon to the United States


China therefore has no problems with its space program. The national agency (CNSA) has just announced the “nominal” of its Chang’e-6 probe this Tuesday morning. From Beijing she confirms that the module is returning to Earth after a few hours spent on the far side of the Moon.

This mission, unique in the world, should make it possible to bring back to Earth two kilograms of samples from this famous hidden side. For the CNSA, this is an unprecedented feat in the history of space exploration. #8221; This mission, which had already had its first strong moment on Sunday with the moon landing of the probe in the “D& #8217;Aitken”the largest known crater in the solar system, has just reached its peak.

The probe left Earth from the Wenchang launch pad, on the&#8217 ;Hainan Island on May 3. After a month of travel and study around the Moon, the expedition experienced its most stressful moments. The descent went perfectly, as did the sample collection. This Tuesday morning, takeoff does not seem to have posed any problem for the CNSA.

A very political mission

If the scientific interest in collecting materials on the far side of the Moon is obvious, the geopolitical interest is just as obvious. Indeed, the Moon is the new objective of the United States, 60 years after a first trip to our satellite. But in this space race 2.0, the USSR has transformed into a Chinese state, ready to do anything to rewrite history to its advantage.

Latest demonstration to date of this geopolitical collusion in this race for Lua, e China has raised a red flag in honor of the Middle Kingdom on the far side of the Moon. A first since the display of the Star-Spangled Banner by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in July 1969.

After the probes, humans ?

On the Chinese side, we obviously welcome the success of such a mission. But this is not the end goal. Indeed, the Middle Kingdom intends to send its own astronauts (taikonauts) to our satellite by 2030. NASA on the Amarina side is more ambitious, aiming for 2026 to join our satellite .

In this space race, however, the CNSA seems much more serene. The Chinese space agency has not experienced any problems, unlike NASA which has already pushed back by two years the date of man's arrival on the surface of the Moon . The CNSA also communicates much less than NASA and the failures of its missions are never publicly recognized.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116