Brandon J. Weichert

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Future of space travel belongs to the country that wants it most, and China leads the charge illustration by The Washington Times

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings, Harris Poll asked young people in the United States and China what they wanted to be when they grew up. The results were strange. Most American youth surveyed — the young people who belonged to the only country to have ever placed astronauts on the lunar surface — admitted that they wanted to be professional “Vlogger/YouTubers” when they grew up. It was the Chinese youth who overwhelmingly aspired to be astronauts.

Speaking to Chinese state media in 2018, the head of China’s lunar program, Ye Peijian, outlined the Chinese view of their national space strategy in explicit geopolitical terms, specifically in naval terminology:

“The universe is an ocean, the moon is the Diaoyu Islands [sic], Mars is Huangyan Island.…  Seguir leyendo »