China rejected NASA’s claim to take over the moon

China rejected NASA’s claim to 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 long advocated establishing a community of states in space.

Over the last ten years, China’s space program has accelerated, with a concentration on moon exploration. 

Aiming to launch rockets strong enough to take people to the moon by the end of this decade, China conducted its first unmanned lunar landing in 2013.

In an interview with the German daily Bild that was published on Saturday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said: “We must be apprehensive that China is arriving on the moon and saying: ‘It’s ours now, and you stay out.”

According to the head of the U.S. space agency, China’s space program is a military one. China has stolen concepts and technology from other countries.

According to Zhao Lijian, a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, “This is not the first time the president of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has neglected the facts and talked carelessly about China.”

“The U.S. side has continuously built a smear campaign against China’s regular and lawful space endeavors, and China resolutely rejects such reckless statements,” the statement said.

He said that China has always supported the development of a shared future for mankind in space and opposes its militarization and any space weapons race.

Through the Artemis program, NASA intends to launch a crewed spacecraft into lunar orbit in 2024 and conduct a crewed landing there by 2025.