posted on Jun, 2 2003 @ 11:08 PM
Robert S. Walker, former chairman of the House Science Committee, writes in the Washington Times that the Chinese are planning not only to go to the
moon, but to set up a base there and occupy it. When we went to the moon, we erected an American flag there, but we've never claimed it as ours. What
will happen if China claims the moon belongs to them?
The European Space Agency is getting ready to go to Mars with robots, just like we did, but neither of us wants to annex Mars as one of our
territories. However, as soon as valuable minerals are found on a planet, and an inexpensive method is devised to get them back to Earth, it's
inevitable that countries will start to stake claims in outer space. We know that Helium 3, which is rare on Earth, is abundant on the moon.
Walker is convinced that "China intends to be on the moon within a decade and will announce they are there for a permanent stay. An investment of
less than 1% of their growth revenues over the next decade would provide revenue for a very robust program." Besides access to Helium 3, annexing the
moon would bring international prestige to China, which is something they dearly desire. China's ambitions are waking other countries up to the need
to stake their own claims. Walker says, "Many Japanese space observers are convinced that China has a moon program and that, ultimately, Japan may be
drawn into the competition. India already has created its own moon mission, in large part because they are monitoring Chinese space efforts." This
happened before in Asia, the Caribbean and Africa, so there's no reason it can't happen with nearby planets and satellites. What comes after
that?—Will we fight "no trespassing" wars in space?