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The Politics of The Moon Uncovered

Updated on August 15, 2020

Military programs such as Star Wars continued to emerge, although the US superiority in this field was recognized. But with the onset of the new millennium, the race for supremacy in space resumed and other countries joined in, mainly due to the launch of satellites into space.

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"This small step by man is a great leap forward for humanity." These historical words are from the American astronaut Neil Armstrong who took the first step on the moon. Since 50 years have passed since man first set foot on the moon, it is questionable whether this historic feat was a great leap forward for humanity. When American astronauts landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, it was not the work of a single country or nation, but the fruit of the struggle of all humanity. Then the two world powers, the United States and the Soviet Union (Russia) were in the race to reach the moon, in which the United States won. Later, the two countries began cooperating to advance in space, and the station there is a testament to that. However, at the same time, the two countries continued to strive for supremacy over each other, and in this regard, military programs such as Star Wars continued to emerge, although the US superiority in this field was recognized. But with the onset of the new millennium, the race for supremacy in space resumed and other countries joined in, mainly due to the launch of satellites into space. There are currently more than a dozen artificial satellites in space and at least five countries have announced plans to go to the moon. Then today China has replaced Russia because it has the capital and technology. Besides, India has recently launched its moon mission.

Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong April 13, 1969
Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong April 13, 1969 | Source

Given man's access to space, astronomers believe that the next 50 years could be very different from the past in terms of lunar politics.

Previously, space programs were considered purely defense and sensitive projects, but for the past 10 years, the United States has given them the status of commercial projects, allowing the private sector to invest in them and booking tickets for space travel. The series continues. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to astronomers that the moon will become a colony of the earth in the next 10 to 20 years. This important development gave birth to the "politics of the moon". When a man set foot on the moon, the idea became commonplace that space conquest was no longer a dream, and the advancement of space technology would soon make him a space traveler. However, when India joined the race after China, many questions arose as a result, and it is now common to mention space agencies from various European countries. The rapid development of technology has not only made space travel easier but also reduced the cost involved. While it is not possible to challenge American supremacy in space, it should be borne in mind that so far 571 people have gone into space, including astronauts of all colors and races. Given man's access to space, astronomers believe that the next 50 years could be very different from the past in terms of lunar politics. In the future, Russia, India, China, and the European Union will make further progress, while the development, investment, and aspirations of India and China also play an important role in this regard.

Scientists estimate that the world's total population will reach 11 billion by the end of this century and that this will require everlasting new locations, mineral wealth, and modern sources of energy. Also, new planets will be a better alternative for the survival of humanity.

It should be noted that China and India are not only rivals in regional politics, but also in the global arena. Come closer to each other in the field. Experts believe that given the development of space technology, the two countries will be attracted to invest in this field and will not leave the field open for the United States. In this way, not only the rich will have access to space tourism, but also the communication system will be improved. According to experts, in the future, the moon and planets will also be a part of the earth, in which the needs of human beings will be met by finding the mineral deposits in them. Scientists estimate that the world's total population will reach 11 billion by the end of this century and that this will require everlasting new locations, mineral wealth, and modern sources of energy. Also, new planets will be a better alternative for the survival of humanity. Since space is currently being used for communications satellites, broadcasting, and navigation, most of the progress will be in these areas and legislation is being made in this regard. Chinese astronauts could land on the moon anytime after 2030, while Donald Trump has once again announced that he will send American astronauts to the moon before the end of his second term. Even if this adventure is seen as a show of strength and empire, the advancement of technology, and the reduction in the cost of space travel have brought the destination closer. Remember that hundreds of billions of dollars were spent to land Apollo 11 on the moon, but today the same thing can be done for only a few billion dollars, which is not a big deal for rich countries, but this At the moment, the world's richest companies and rich people are also planning space travel.

NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to build an outpost near the moon
NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to build an outpost near the moon | Source

Over the past few years, the private sector has shown extraordinary interest in conquering space. Initially, only NASA and the Pentagon invested in space technology, but the last ten years have seen a radical change in the situation, with the private sector now investing 2 billion a year in space projects. And this investment is 15% of the total cost of space projects. So far, US-based Alan Musca's rocket maker has successfully launched 25 satellites into space, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has invested billions of dollars annually in his space project Blue Origin. Are working Also, another US rocket maker is developing its rockets, which will cost 10 times less than NASA, while another company is planning to build settlements on the moon after two decades. In this regard, not only has permission been granted by the US government, but the process is also being taken forward at the state level. The United States wants to rule the moon as well as the earth, and that is why the US administration is providing facilities to the rich companies of its country. This is probably a great way to promote your business.

An inside look at one idea the European Space Agency is exploring in its formulation of a moon village that incorporates 3D printing.
An inside look at one idea the European Space Agency is exploring in its formulation of a moon village that incorporates 3D printing. | Source

Much of America's military superiority depends on harmonizing its military power with satellites and the ability to deploy its forces anywhere on Earth.

However, before the politics of the moon begins, its rules and regulations must be determined. Remember that space is a common heritage of humanity under an international agreement reached half a century ago today, while the United States wants to establish its monopoly here through private companies. If the necessary rules and regulations are not laid down now, conflicts of interest will arise on the moon. Therefore, it should be decided soon who will be allowed to use how much ice on the moon and who will get how many minerals. Also, how to solve the problems facing Mars and how to avoid collisions between satellites. Remember that currently more than 2,000 satellites are floating in space and in addition to NASA Quan, more than 500,000 space rocks have to be monitored, which are moving at a speed of 27,000 kilometers per hour. Much of America's military superiority depends on harmonizing its military power with satellites and the ability to deploy its forces anywhere on Earth. Also, the superiority of other unmanned aerial vehicles, including drones, is due to the same space technology. Experts believe that China and India are currently rapidly acquiring other skills, including the development of satellite signal jammers, while the United States and other countries are engaged in the development of anti-satellite weapons, even more so. Even more alarming is the fact that the United States has announced the creation of a "space force" and Trump issued his orders in November last year. Besides, French President Emmanuel Macron has made a similar announcement. Although China is keeping an eye on the whole situation, it will not want to back down given its growing power. Given the above situation, it is necessary to formulate laws for space.

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NASA's program to land man on the moon over the next five years is called "Armites". It is based on two space tools. The first tool is a highly powerful rocket and the second is a command module gateway. This is a space station, from where astronauts will go to the moon and will be monitored from here. The US president has instructed NASA to include international partners and large companies in the project. Perhaps they want to reduce government spending on the one hand, and train businesses on the other, so that they can participate more in space projects as well as serve independently. The question arises as to what role other countries participating in NASA's program will have in terms of capital and technology, as NASA has a clear lead in this field. Besides, other countries will need US assistance to send their space missions. In other words, international cooperation will be essential for landing on the moon and staying there, but the United States will also have the upper hand in this. Therefore, to conquer space, countries must first resolve their territorial disputes and then consider enacting legislation on evacuation. At the moment, the race to conquer space also includes the same countries that are rivals in one form or another on earth. Although the scope of space is unlimited, there is a need to determine the boundaries of the corridors. Experts also believe that if man succeeds in conquering space, then rules must be made for space travel and corridors as well.

NASA has sent 500 rocks from the moon to scientists around the world to research and give their opinion on the 50th anniversary of human footsteps on the moon. At the current rate of progress in the field of artificial intelligence, the impossibilities and science fiction have begun to turn into reality. Developed countries have gone so far in these areas that the backward countries find their progress unbelievable and console themselves by calling it propaganda. During the last few decades, not even a tenth of the research in the field of science and technology in developed countries has reached our universities, while we cannot even imagine space technology. We are still mired in corruption and bad governance, and "the doomsday is over." According to experts, the United Nations model for maintaining order and law and order in space is workable. Then there is no space creature yet and if such a creature exists, will it be more advanced than human beings, as shown in science fiction movies. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Rao Muhammad Shahid Iqbal

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