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Could China Beat NASA in Terms of Mars Exploration? Space Race Report Says it's 20 Years Ahead of the US

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Could China Beat NASA in Terms of Mars Exploration? Space Race Report Says it's 20 Years Ahead of the US

Joseph Henry, Tech Times 22 November 2021, 03:11 am

The Space Race between the United States and China is progressing slowly. According to the latest report, the latter is 20 years advanced to the US which has left the experts scratching their heads.
Space Race Mars Mission: the US vs China



Could China Beat NASA in Terms of Mars Exploration? Space Race Report Says it's 20 Years Ahead of the US
Before the space race scuffle took place, there was a German scientist who envisioned the ability of humans to reach Mars. In 1948, he said that the exploration could happen by 1965. When this did not happen, the upcoming plans were scheduled for the next 20 years.

Now, the dominance of China when it comes to space missions has made NASA worried about the future. A report from Express indicated that many experts were concerned about the potential problems such as inadequate cost, poor management, and unfeasible expectations.

With that, there is a chance that NASA could not manage to reach Mars from this day onwards. On the other hand, China is gradually improving its space service over the past months. This hints that the country is potentially moving closer to several technological advancements for the previous years.

During the reign of former US President Donal Trump, NASA was requested to complete the mission by 2033. In line with this plan, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 was passed into law.

Larry Crumpler, a geologist who wrote a book entitled "Mission to Mars: A New Era of Rover and Spacecraft Discovery on the Red Planet" said that NASA's plans are difficult to take into action.

NASA's Mars Plans Could be Infeasible
Based on a report by Institute for Defense Analysis back in 2019, the pre-planned 2033 arrival date of the US on Mars could be "infeasible" due to testing schedules, budget problems, and technology intervention.

In addition, another report said that even if the date would be moved to 2035, NASA would not be able to achieve its plans of reaching the red planet.

"By the reckoning of the Institute for Defence Analyses document, it was more likely to be 2037 before such a mission could take place and that 2039 was more realistic due to likely budget issues over the course of development," Crumpler, who has worked with NASA, said.

The space race might be harder for the US since China is catching up with the phase. To add, the pandemic has made it even more difficult for NASA to carry out many missions that it desires to complete.

Crumpler clarified that the year 2050 sounds more possible for NASA to land on Mars.

Meanwhile, China is currently in a strong position to achieve its goals of coming to the red planet in the next decade. The head of China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Wang Xiaojun discussed some information about the country's plans involving the space mission.

So much for that, no one can predict the outcome of the space race, but a little progress could hint at what is coming next for China and the US.

In 2018, Tech Times reported that a new space race initially involved the US, but not China. At the time of the publication, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that they would beat the United States when it comes to Mars exploration.

In another report by Politico, the US Space Force general warned the country against China and Russia with regards to hypersonic technology. He said that the US was behind the two nations when it comes to that context.


 

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Nobody is expecting NASA to beat SpaceX so this is moot.

If the Starship is successful the SLS days will be numbered long before any NASA Mars launch date.



How is SLS going to compete with this?
 
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China is bound to surpass the USA in Aerospace Science and technology, it is only a matter of time.

China is nowhere near catching up, yet alone surpassing the US in aerospace technology. From reusable rockets, to planetary science, jet engines, to stealth aircraft China is not close.
 

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The US is still undoubtedly ahead of China in space technology. I don’t see that changing in the near future but 20 years from now is anybody’s guess.
 

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I doubt it. China will never beat United States in space exploration program, ever. Why? Because space exploration is not something that interest Chinese as civilization. Even with today PRC heavily investment on space tech, it still not become a pop culture there. Instead of dreaming of what happen there on another stars, Chinese youths have more interest on those plastic faces Korean Idols. And Chinese TV producers prefer to make "Condor Heroes" type of drama, rather than "Wandering Earth" type one.

So even when China space projects become more advanced, the purpose won't go into exploring strange new world, or seek new Aliens. Instead, their only purpose is to exploit the natural resource of another planets. Basically, it's all about business. with this kind of mentality, China won't go all out with the program. And won't beat USA in term of new space tech discoveries.

It is different to USA. There are a lot of UFO worshipers who eager to explore the unknown, and meet new Alien of the week. Space exploration has become the dream of many American youths. It is their pop culture. So for them, Space Exploration is more than just to exploit or to bring humans to Mars. It is beyond all of that. That eagerness will always bring USA to be more robust on Space program than China. Because they're more idealistic than Chinese.
 
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Such a stupid and ridiculous thread.....wake up folks....earth is flat resting atop 4 elephants who are walking in circles atop a flying space turtle...

There is no space race....
 

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