The world is in the throes of another, more dangerous arms race if Russia and China make good their plan to establish a base on planet moon.
Head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in an interview that Russia is planning to set up a (military) research base on the moon in collaboration with China.
“Russia and China have recently decided that we will most likely set up the lunar base together,’’ Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said in the interview, broadcast yesterday.
He did not say when the base would be established.
According to previous comments from Russian officials, a manned Russian mission to the moon could take place at least a decade from now.
Rogozin said he had a lot of respect for his Chinese colleagues, explaining that in spite of a recent series of accidents in the Chinese space programme, the Chinese “continue working, continue testing their resolve.’’
AbeyaNews reports that although Russia and neighbouring China have been enjoying closer ties in recent years as relations with the West, particularly the U.S. are frayed by trade disputes and regional conflicts, Russia and the US have still maintained an amiable working relationship in space exploration.
Both, for instance, have particularly collaborated on the International Space Station, an orbiting laboratory staffed by mostly Russian and U.S. crew members.
But Russia’s impending collaboration with China for purposes of setting up a (military) research base on the moon may trigger another, even more dangerous, round of arms race that may export human conflicts to space from which the physical realm may finally be destroyed.