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Listen To News: Chinese Probe Makes Lunar Landing ~ 17 December 2013
Discussion Question: China has been investing a lot of time and money into its space program in recent years. Do you think this sucessful Chinese landing will cause the US to put more focus on future lunar missions?
Considering that China always was a counterpoint for USA, I think so, I think USA will be a a bit jealous of another nation set foot on Moon before some years it has itself. On the other hand, I don't believe USA will invest some money into new lunar missions, but, in a certain way USA will try to keep the lunar territory under its influence to the most.
I think America wants to let to the whole world the image as a country that first came to the Moon, and first put a national flag on there. USA is worried about keeping an image of a lunar running patron. It's more a question of status before society than anything, in order to pass on this history along generations.
I think the chief purpose of NASA these days, is to seek and find new colonisable areas in the vastness of Universe. The main aim of American spacial industry is nowadays named Mars, the known red planet.
There are news rumours that in the future we'll capable of dwelling there, because Earth will become an overcrowed place that we'll necessarily have to build up a civilisation out of it.
USA is intended to explore the Universe more and more, in search of smart life, inhabitable planets which water, temperature conditions are viable to our survival. In sum, the big game of our century is the expansion of human population through the ends of our galaxy or even towards outside it.
Besides that, Moon was just a starting point to the 21st century spacial human adventure. Moon it's like a frame that garnishes our endless nocturnal starred sky.
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