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Space has always been a destination every country wants to conquer, now it’s possible. With our rapidly evolving technology, it is becoming more and more realistic to be able to step foot on other planets. Mars has become the most realistic destination for human life because of its similar conditions to Earth. The race has officially begun and only one country can get there first.
Many countries are involved in the race for human landings on Mars, but the two leading institutes are the United States and China. China is planning space missions in 2033, 2035, 2037, 2039,and 2041.
Along with set dates for human expeditions on Mars, they have also been the only other country to land a martian rover alongside the U.S. These rovers are being used to look for locations to set up permanent living and mining of the martian resources. The Chinese expect to have multiple ships for continuous travel between the martian base and Earth.
You might be thinking what has the U.S done to rival these tremendous feats that the Chinese government has accomplished. As of 2017, NASA has already been planning to have manned missions to Mars by the 2030s, a vague timeline, but still on track to match the Chinese landings.
NASA is currently working on the Artemis Program. This includes having a space station that orbits the moon. Along with the orbiting station, they have also contracted $45.5 million dollars to various private businesses like Elon Musk’s SpaceX to develop ships capable of landing astronauts on the moon’s surface so that they may start a sustainable station by the end of the decade (NASA’s Artemis Program, 2021).
Space is now being looked at as a new frontier of warfare. Satellites are being used to pinpoint any location with deadly accuracy, cellular service, weather prediction, and to gain access to many different things remotely. The world has taken notice, it’s a lucrative market.
Space is a rich new location, I can only relate this to gold miners fighting to get land in California during the Gold Rush or even a resemblance in some ways to the Cold War. A space race competition can be hard on the people working on these space landings and sustainable environments, but it creates an unmatchable atmosphere for innovation.
With a fast working and powerful opponent, both space programs will be pushed to pursue their goals before the other. China is a prime example of a competitive opponent for the United States, who thought they had space exploration primarily for themselves. China’s space force is slowly creeping up on the United States’ efforts to be the most dominant brigade of space occupation.
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