We don’t call him “Beijing Biden” for nothing.
Under President Trump, the United States got the first new branch of the military in decades: The Space Force.
We were preparing to go back to the moon AND to Mars.
With Joe Biden at the helm, it appears as though China will beat us to Mars!
Despite the Space Force, despite Elon Musk, China is likely to win the space war.
And it is all thanks to Joe Biden.
More details on this astonishing development below:
What is Mars so important? Why are the United Arab Emirates, China and the US due to arrive at the red planet within a few weeks of each other?
— The Conversation (@ConversationUK) February 4, 2021
Tianwen-1 is fast approaching Mars and will go into orbit in less than five days on 10 February 2021.
Here's your guide to Tianwen-1: https://t.co/BSqWJcI3nQ
— Planetary Society (@exploreplanets) February 5, 2021
https://t.co/WdPjm5iotq The five-tonne Tianwen-1 includes a Mars orbiter, lander, and a rover that will study the planet’s soil.
China hopes to land the rover in May in Utopia, a massive impact basin.
— Cancel War & #AbolishNATO ☭👨🏻🌾🔭🌏 🇨🇳 (@radikaldb) February 6, 2021
Biden is making his priorities and policies clear.
The United States will stay grounded for the time being.
According to the Washington Times:
The United States is in a titanic struggle with the People’s Republic of China for the dominance of space.
Although the Americans have been to the moon and sent multiple, advanced probes to the surface of Mars, since the end of the Cold War, U.S. space policy has languished in neutral. Due to this, new competitors, namely China, have arisen to challenge the dominance of the Americans in the ultimate strategic high ground of space.
China has grand ambitions for space. Not only does China plan on beating the Americans to the Martian surface by the end of the decade, but Beijing wants control of the vital orbits around the Earth. By controlling these orbits, China’s military would enjoy significant advantages over the American military. Beyond that, China plans on strip-mining the moon for valuable resources.
The Americans, though, have always had a silver bullet in its competition with China for space dominance: a vibrant and innovative private sector. Specifically, the growing number of private space start-ups, such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Thanks to his reusable rocket design, Mr. Musk’s company has already cut down on launch costs by a staggering 40 percent. SpaceX insists that it can cut those costs down further. What’s more, SpaceX rockets are entirely indigenously produced. And as the ongoing race to Mars between the United States and China intensifies, Mr. Musk’s new deep space reusable rocket Starship, might just be the vehicle that gets American astronauts to Mars before China can get its taikonauts to the Red Planet.
Certainly, the Starship reusable rocket is unproven. In another America, this experimental craft would elicit wonder and its development would be encouraged. The Trump administration exhorted SpaceX to vigorously move ahead with its Starship program.
The United States, however, has a new president. And President Joe Biden is making his space policy preferences increasingly clear: America will remain grounded for the time being.
On Jan. 28, SpaceX was set to put its Starship rocket through another test in the blue skies above Texas. The objective of the test was to get the massive rocket up to 12.5 kilometers — about seven miles — above the Earth and then spin the giant rocket around so that it could make a vertical landing.
Sadly, the visionary goal of getting Americans to Mars first came crashing down when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which, under the Trump administration had allowed for SpaceX to conduct their important test flights, ordered Mr. Musk to cancel the Starship prototype test.
The FAA did not cite its reasoning behind ordering the cancellation of the launch. Many have speculated that the cancellation was brought about due to safety concerns. After all, in December 2020, SpaceX did a test of the experimental rocket. The Starship prototype made it to a height of 41,000 feet. Once it reoriented itself, in order to allow for the rocket to land vertically, the great silver spacecraft promptly did a bellyflop that ended in a massive explosion.
Despite this, SpaceX learned many valuable lessons from the December failure that were to be applied to the Starship launch in January. In science, the only lasting failure occurs when one does not test a new idea or hypothesis. This axiom is especially true in the context of the new space race between the United States and China.
It’s likely that the FAA’s decision to cancel the launch is part of a wider Biden administration effort undo the Trump administration’s vibrant space policy. Plus, former President Trump’s space vision was explicitly aimed at countering advances made by China in space. It is unlikely that the Biden administration seeks to continue that policy, as the Biden team attempts to stabilize deteriorating relations with Beijing over the next few years.
Concern over Mr. Musk’s Martian intentions is likely another factor for the FAA’s cancellation of the Starship launch. Last year, Mr. Musk indicated that any future SpaceX Martian colony would not be “ruled by Earth-based laws.” The problem for Mr. Musk is that SpaceX has been awarded lucrative contracts by the Earth-based U.S. government. If SpaceX were to create a colony on Mars, because of the company’s contractual relationship with the U.S. government, Washington very much expects that colony to be an American endeavor.
It is no secret that Elon Musk could have helped bring the U.S. to Mars first.
But it appears as though the Biden administration has purposefully handicapped Musk’s efforts.
Let’s not forget: it’s not just about bragging rights.
Sure, we want to get to Mars first to establish dominance and strengths.
But the technologies developed along the journey of getting to Mars also trickle down to our industries and ultimately impact our day-to-day lives.
Elon Musk says "We'll NEVER get to Mars" after Biden administration's incompetent woke socialist bureaucracy cancels test flight. Biden's backwards regime is anti-virus and anti-progress. Biden wants China to overtake the USA.https://t.co/gy9s0KO8ah
— Tim Acheson (@timacheson) January 30, 2021
This issue is more important than petty vindictiveness towards @elonmusk & repairing our relationship with China shouldn't mean handing them #Mars on a silver platter:https://t.co/2U3C4mhJOA https://t.co/UcRZ2w3znz
— CTR 🖖=/= (@CTaylorRobbins) February 4, 2021
@BelindaWaymouth Belinda. We need to take down China and their strip mining EccoTerrorists ways! Haven’t they destroyed the Earth enough? Now they want to do the same to the moon and Mars!https://t.co/QBW0yGoqWU
— cafireman (@cafireman) February 4, 2021
If details here are true, NO WAY I can support. We sure as hell didn't spill American blood & treasure to beat one communist nation to the moon just to cede #Mars to another communist government. Keep pushing @elonmusk https://t.co/gs0FstobhE #space #spaceX #Starship #China #TLX
— Tim Mask™ (@timmask) February 4, 2021
But it’s not just about Elon Musk.
China has recently unveiled specifics on its plan to get to Mars first.
If China does beat the U.S. to Mars, then it will be a blow to America First.
To many, it may even symbolize a weakening of our position as a world Super Power.
Is this what Biden wants?
Futurism has more details:
In a story published by state news network China Daily, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced plans to send astronauts to the surface of Mars.
“Sending astronauts there will give man better opportunities to look for traces of life on Mars,” Pang Zhihao, a space technology researcher in Beijing told China Daily. “There are theories that Mars was very similar to Earth in terms of environment billions of years ago.”
According to the statement, it marks “the first time that China’s space industry has publicly unveiled a plan for manned missions to the red planet.”
First stop: a manned mission to the Moon. Last month, China showed off the next-generation spacecraft it plans to use to send astronauts to the Moon and back in the late 2020s, according to Space.com.
The undertaking will confront enormous challenges. The journey could “take more than 500 days,” according to Pang, and might not come to fruition before 2050. And then there are other threats, like “the decrease of bone mineral density, space radiation and mental health,” Pang added.
With Musk and NASA handicapped thanks to the Biden administration, China is poised to win this race.
Unfortunately, it appears the moniker “Beijing Biden” is well-deserved.