Russia rejects NASA’s Artemis Moon program in favor of China

NASA Administrator Jim bridensteinJames (Jim) Frederick Bridensteinhouse Appropriator Cuts NASA’s Moon Landing Fund; Will the Senate do better? NASA’s DC headquarters is named after the agency’s first black female engineer, Mary W. Jackson. Trump took the advertisement of the ‘Make Space Great Again’ campaign further. Moon has been working tirelessly to form an international alliance to support Artemis in the program. Recently, Bridgestine signed on A Joint Exploration Declaration (JEDI) with Artemis as well as Japan about the International Space Station (ISS). Other countries wooed as part of the Artemis alliance include Canada, EU member states, Great Britain, Israel, India and Australia.

Russia, being a senior partner with the United States in the ISS, would be a natural for Artemis. However, it appears that Russia, in an apparent estrangement, has decided to involve itself in an attempt to return to the moon. According to Ars Technica, Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin was cautious about the idea of ​​joining Russia’s Artemis alliance, describing America’s mission to return to the moon as a “political project” and one that resembles NATO Was.

Rogozin would like Russia to join China as a space partner. For several reasons, the move would seem crazy from the standpoint of Russia’s national interests.

When the president Biel clintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clintonbill and Hillary Clinton at John Lewis’s Death: ‘We’ve Lost a Giant’ ‘Made in America’ won’t be as simple as Larry Hogan’s hopes are. Bringing Russia as a full partner in the ISS, he avoided the project being canceled. Congress Democrats, who were constantly trying to defend the space station, suddenly realized that it also had a geopolitical and economic purpose. As a result, the ISS is now orbiting the earth, churning technical and scientific Discoveries. It serves as an example of what international cooperation in space can do.

In fact, Russia may be asked to rescue the ISS twice, following the end of the space shuttle program, by providing American astronauts a ride on the Soyuz. Both Russia and NASA have benefited from the ISS alliance.

Ironically, by rejecting a role in Artemis and throwing in with China, Russia probably rescued the moon program as it did the ISS. The reason for this has a lot to do with a strange aspect of American domestic politics.

Congressional Republicans have announced that Democratic stinginess about Artemis, seen in a recent House funding bill That cuts The administration’s request serves China’s space interests. He has stated that China’s mission to become the only superpower on Earth is a space component. Wants to do it Dominance Space and its resources at the expense of the rest of the world. So far, the warning given by Republicans has fallen on deaf Democratic ears.

Now as a Sino-Russian space axis is being built, the dynamics may change. Ignoring China, Democrats did not consider the Russian threat as President Reagan in the 1980s, compared to Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. Indeed, Democrats have spent the entire Trump presidency advancing the doctrine that the president Donald TrumpDonald John Trumppelosi, Blamenaur condemned Trump’s ‘disgusting abuses of power’ against Oregon protesters. Federal Agents Deployed in Portland Did Not Have Training in Riot Control: NYT Trump Administration Seeks to Block Funding for CDC, Tracing and Trial in New Relief Bill: Report More Russian President is Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich Putinhilikan Valley: Russian hackers return to the spotlight with vaccine research attack Twitter says 130 accounts targeted in this week’s cyber attack | CBP investigation into racist, sexist Facebook group Graham suspends four, dozens suspends newly released documents on Russia probe Russian hackers return to spotlight with vaccine research attack.Of Manchurian Candidate.

It’s silly that it has stuff on its face, but Democrats seriously believe it. However, because they think that Russia is a potential threat to the United States nearly 30 years after losing the Cold War, they have to look into the possibility of Space Race 2.0 with new Sino-Russian space axes and alarms. In fact, any move to starve Artemis of funding can be seen as Russian collusion.

We kid, kind of, but the fact that Rogozin is making a serious mistake on NASA in favor of sugar. With the arrival of the commercial crew, Russia has lost An attractive revenue stream that it enjoyed providing rides to and from the ISS.

If the Russians felt that they were going to get respect from China, they again thought it best. Jin Jinping Han is not a Chinese, he has a deep contempt for Xin. If Rogozin suspects this, he should ask the Uygars. On the other hand, NASA has always praised Russia’s contribution, even when Rogozin reached the ISS with a trampoline by making jokes about Americans.

Meanwhile, the moon of the rest of the world, leading to NASA Will get a great deal of political soft power And will help the United States maintain its position as a world superpower. Russia can be part of that effort and benefit, but only if it knows where its best interests reside.

Mark Whittington, who often writes about space and politics, has published a political study entitled Space Exploration Why is it so hard to get back to the moon? As well as Moon, Mars and Beyond. On that blog Curmudgeons Corner. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Hill, USA Today, LA Times and Washington Post.