Change’s 4, a lunar mission that achieved a soft landing on the far side of the moon on Jan. 2, is sending great photos and a signal back to Earth that China is surging ahead in the latest space race.

As shown in last year’s movie, “First Man,” Americans took President John F. Kennedy’s daring quest seriously and our nation landed men on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Space travel is being strongly pursued by a variety of America’s companies and many of us believe that the United States will continue to be the leader as we invade the great infinity of space where there are no borders.

But Namrata Goswami, writing in The Washington Post, reports that China aims to be the leading space power by 2045.

Goswami is an independent senior analyst and author of “Outer Space and Great Powers.”

He wrote “The stakes are high: Who will be able to obtain the vast resources in space, for example, water/ice, iron, titanium, platinum and nickel, secure the routes of trade and write the rules of space commerce such as trade in energy propellant and precious metals. Who will benefit from the military power that flows from that industrial might?”

The writer said, “Most people think about space exploration; what matters to the future of power in space exploitation. In the United States, the discussion on space exploitation is led by disorganized commercial sector; within China the discourse on space resources is led by the Communist Party of China and President Xi Jinping.”

He wrote, “The Chang’s 4 is the first step: demonstrating the ability to communicate, land, survey and surveil the location for a future industrial and logistical base.

This mission secures China’s access to the resource-rich lunar south pole and establishes first presence to exploit space resources, industrialize the moon to build a solar power satellite, and mine the moon and asteroids for their vast wealth. It is a first step to colonize the moon.

It is estimated that there are hundreds of millions of tons of water at the lunar poles – enough to fuel countless missions to the farthest reaches of the solar system; to access the wealth of the asteroid belt; to extend logistics to enable massive industrialization; to develop military logistics in the space near Earth.”

In another interesting story from outer space, “fast radio bursts” — bright, short-lived pulses of radio waves that come from across the universe — have been detected by astronomers.

The bursts, which originate from a distant galaxy that’s 1.5 billion light years away from Earth, repeated 13 times, a new study reports.

America shouldn’t let China plant its flag on the whole universe. America started out in the lead and we need to keep out in front from here to eternity.

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