China rejects NASA accusation it will take over the moon
The NASA administrator’s warning that China would “take over” the moon as part of a military mission was rejected by China on Monday as irresponsible slander, noting that it has always advocated for establishing a community of states in space.
Over the past ten years, China’s space program has accelerated, with a concentration on moon exploration. Aiming to launch rockets powerful enough to take people to the moon by the end of this decade, China made its first unmanned lunar landing in 2013. read more
“We must be very concerned that China is landing on the moon and saying: ‘It’s ours now and you stay out,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told German newspaper Bild in an interview published on Saturday.
The U.S. space agency chief said China’s space programme was a military one and that China had stolen ideas and technology from others.
“This is not the first time that the head of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has ignored the facts and spoken irresponsibly about China,” said Zhao Lijian, a spokesman at the Chinese foreign ministry.
“The U.S. side has constantly constructed a smear campaign against China’s normal and reasonable outer space endeavours, and China firmly opposes such irresponsible remarks.”
He said that China has consistently promoted the building of a shared future for humanity in outer space and opposed its weaponisation and any arms race in space.
NASA, under its Artemis programme, plans to send a crewed mission to orbit the moon in 2024 and make a crewed landing near the lunar south pole by 2025.
China is planning uncrewed missions to the moon’s south pole sometime this decade.