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NASA calls China's space program “military”: They want to occupy the moon, says the president [videos]

NASA calls China's space program “military”: They want to occupy the moon, says the president [videos]

China continues to increase its space capabilities He hides a military space program under the cloak of a civilian program, the head of NASA was accused on Wednesday. “China has made tremendous progress, especially in the last 10 years, but it is very secret,” Bill Nelson told the House of Representatives Expenditure Committee in Washington.

“We believe that a lot of what they call the civilian space program is actually a military program,” he said. “I would like the Chinese space program to come to its senses and realize that civil space is for peaceful use. But we have not seen China prove that.”

“To stay on guard”

According to him, the United States is now engaged in a “race” with Beijing. He stressed that the United States must succeed in landing on the moon before the Chinese. He said he was “worried” that China “will get there first and then suddenly say this is our territory.”

The United States plans to send astronauts to the moon in 2026 through the Artemis 3 mission, and China plans to send humans there by 2030.

Bill Nelson spoke to US elected officials about an annual budget request for the US space agency. When someone asked him about the consequences of a possible loss of US leadership in space to China, he stressed that this should not happen, while warning: “But we have to be realistic.” “China is investing a lot of money in this.” He added, “I think we should not let our guard down.”

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