A SECOND space race could heat up as China plans to visit Earth other planetary neighbor.
China is stepping up its space exploration efforts after Nasa announced it would send two probes to Venus later in the decade.
Nasa has high hopes for DAVINCI+ and VERITAS, the two missions that will scan the chemistry of Venus’ atmosphere and map the enemy planet’s terrain from above.
Scientific ears have pricked up their ears because of Venus – phosphine, a chemical “linked to life processes on Earth,” has been discovered in clouds on the planet next door.
Venus is very similar to Earth in size and density.
Some theorize that the missions to Venus will lend themselves to discovering other important similarities, such as conclusive evidence of tectonic plates or dry oceans.
“This search for habitability is part of our search for signs of life in the NASA framework,” said Dr. James Garvin, the principal investigator on the DAVINCI+ mission to Venus, previously in an exclusive interview with The Sun about trekking to Venus. “We can all dare to hope.”
Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China’s Lunar Exploration Program, recently announced that the country would consider adding missions to Venus to its already crowded flight schedule.
From a US perspective, government officials will be interested in how much China cooperates with Russia on space missions, given that Russia and the US recently severed ties on a planned mission to Venus.
The quest to reach Mars remains just as hot as it is achievable by governments and the private sector.
Elon Musk, one of the most vocal proponents of human interplanetary travel, told Twitter followers that he expects to put humans on Mars by 2024.
SpaceX, Musk’s company, is partnering with the US government through joint deals with Nasa — for now, it looks like our best vehicle for realizing Americans’ wildest dreams of space exploration.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government’s Tianwen program is underway, with three missions to the Red Planet planned since the unmanned Tianwen 1 probe landed on Mars in 2021.
The space race between the Soviet Union and the United States was an economic and technological war with enormous implications for global military supremacy.
This time it’s about interplanetary missions.
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