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China’s Space Launch to Dark Side of the Moon— Kesha Rogers: ’The New Sputnik-Chang’e-4 Shock!’

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EIRNS—In the early morning hours of December 8, China sent a spacecraft into Earth orbit that will make history early next year when it lands on the far side of the Moon. As the U.S. website spaceweather.com aptly recognized, "if the mission succeeds, it will catapult China into the forefront of lunar exploration with a landing that no other nation has even dared to attempt." If there were ever a reason for the U.S. to change course and re-commmit to the exploration of space, this is it.

"The New Sputnik-Chang’e-4 Shock," is what this must be for the United States, said Kesha Rogers today, who is a LaRouchePAC National Policy Committee leader, based in Houston, where she is an international spokesman for boosting space R & D. Rogers called today’s launch, "A wake-up call for the future...it is a unifying mission for the nation."

Considering that the impetus for President Kennedy’s initiation of the Apollo program was as the response to the Soviet launch of Sputnik, China’s Chang’e-4 mission has provided U.S. policymakers with a perfect entry point to put aside failed approaches such as Public-Private-Partnerships, and assert Federal responsibility for major breakthroughs in science, and the development of revolutionary new technologies for the economy.

Rogers pointed out that, it is fortuitous that China’s launch of the Chang’e-4 came when it did. It should remind Americans of the legacy this country has in lunar exploration. On this day, 46 years ago NASA launched the last American manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 17. With sadness but an irrepresible optimism, Commander Gene Cernan remarked, "as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come, but we believe not too long into the future, I’d like to just (say) what I believe history will record: that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow."

Rogers noted that China is now doing what Lyndon LaRouche has long proposed, a program for space exploration, as seen, for example, in the 1988 film commissioned by LaRouche, "The Woman on Mars." Helga Zepp LaRouche, Schiller Institute President, in discussions with Rogers today, joined in the call for a second "Sputnik Shock" reaction by the U.S., which means, "not as a competition in space, but for cooperation." Zepp LaRouche noted that, a year ago, President Donald Trump issued a video on space exploration.

On Christmas Eve, two weeks from now, it will be 51 years since mankind laid his own eyes on the far side of the Moon, on the first manned lunar orbit mission, Apollo 8. Now, decades later, China is sending a small lander and rover to pick up the baton, and do the first intensive on-site study of this intriguing hemisphere of the Moon.

The Change’-4 lander and rover are carrying major scientific instruments from Sweden and Germany, indicative of China’s opening up of its lunar program to international cooperation.

Imagine what could be accomplished if the United States, too, cooperated with what is a leading international lunar exploration program. Will the U.S. live up to its legacy, and join China in exploring the Moon? [MGF/KR_/MGM]