31, December, 2019
Russia, China and now the USA are already involved in the militarisation of space. Russia has its AeroSpace Forces, created in 2015. China formed the People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force, PLASSF, in the same year.
The official Chinese military defence website includes the national defence aim:
to safeguard China’s security interests in outer space, electromagnetic space and cyberspace.
What are those security interests? As far back as 2007, China demonstrated its capability to destroy satellites in orbit. Far more issues than that are involved. China has a exploration probe on the far side of the moon. What is it examining and what is it planning to do there? China has become a powerful industrial power, thanks to deals with western globalists and the acquisition of high-tech patents in these deals.
What China is short of is strategic minerals. Its presence in Africa is ample evidence of this need or resources that are vital to keep its industrial machinery fed.
But would it be cheaper for China to take control of the far side of the moon and an area many times the size of Africa? Mining in gravity that is a fraction of the earth’s would make it an attractive commercial alternative. There would be no problem with the natives.
And who would know what was going on on the far side of the moon?
China says it wants peace with all nations. But it may be the type of peace that it has with countries of Africa and Sri Lanka where it calls the tune. It may want to ‘re-educate’ all dissidents and introduce its social control infotech systems as it expands its power.
Westerners may well be suspicious of an industrial power that says it will overtake the USA and is under one party control. What sort of world will it be if the Chinese Communist Party controls the planet’s destiny — and that of the moon?
Westerners have seen where the Soviet Union led to. It had engineering accomplishments but it had millions in slave labour in Gulag camps. Millions of kulaks died by order of the ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ and starvation.
After WW2 the Soviet Union and USA both augmented their rocket programmes for use as delivery systems of A-bombs. It then became clear that the military high ground was space. Satellites could observe activities and control events on the ground.
Then on 4 October 1957, the USSR launched the world’s first satellite, PS-1, known as Sputnik. This showed USSR had gained a mastery of high-powered rockets and technological sophistication. The satellite could both be heard on radios at 20 and 40 MHz and seen in the skies at night.
On 2 January 1959 the USSR launched a probe Luna 1 (or Lunik) that reached out to the moon. It was designed as an impactor to deliver the Soviet coat of arms on to the moon’s surface. But a malfunction meant that it flew past at close range rather than placing the Hammer and Sickle on lunar surface.
That was a close call also for the USA. Major aerospace firms were asked to provide proposals and a plan of research. The military were in charge of the rockets and also saw strategic goals that could easily be won or lost.
The Sputnik and subsequent Soviet achievements showed they were way behind the path of technological advancement.
By March 1959, US military were proposing to have a military base on the Moon. Project Horizon foresaw
‘a manned military outpost on the moon.
The lunar outpost is required to develop and protect potential United States interests on the moon;
- to develop techniques in moon-based surveillance of the earth and space, in communications relays, and operations on the surface of the moon;
- to serve as a base for exploration of the moon,
- for further explorations into space and for military operations on the surface of the moon if required; and
- to support scientific investigation of the moon.’
The proposal, although clearly thought out strategically, hit a major problem. Budget. The sums required would be enormous. The US defence budget had recently been cut and pruned. There was no way a major investigation and preparation could be accommodated or kept disguised.
The project foresaw up to nearly a hundred flights to the moon per year being required to prepare and build accommodation for a permanent military staff of 12. A launch site in the equatorial region such as Brazil or Christmas Island was planned.
During the operational phase of the program, the launch site will have the capability of firing eight vehicles per month (96 per year),
How much would it cost? $6.052 Billion over less than a decade.
$6Bn in 1959 is equivalent to $5.35 Trillion today. (The GNP of USA is $19 Trillion).
Those figures were based on reports from America’s leading-edge, high technology rocket and missile firms and R&D outfits.
On 2 September 1959 a second Soviet probe, Luna-2 impacted the moon and just before it did so, scattered USSR pennants onto the surface. They marked the ground around Mare Imbrium and Mare Serenitatis.
What did that signify? It said that the USSR star had landed that month under the symbol of the Hammer and Sickle of ‘scientific communism’ of the atheist Communist party. Was it exporting atheism, communism or science?
Then on 4 October Luna 3 captured a vision that no human had seen before. it took a photograph of the far-side of the moon that is always hidden from earthlings. The shock was evident. It was quite different from the side that is seen from earth. How come?
Was there a secret about the origin of the moon that would make it of supreme importance, both for the knowledge of our origins and the potential riches for the future of mankind?
The stakes were getting higher for the USA. What was to be done?
On 25 March 1961 President John F Kennedy announced a civilian project — to put a man on the moon and return him safely before the end of the decade. This was to be undertaken by NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, established in 1958.
On 3 February 1966 the Soviet Luna 9 became the first man-made object to make a soft landing on the moon. It showed that such objects would not sink into the moon dust. It was able to send photos and some television. These were published in the West, even before the USSR did, because they were transmitted using the international radiofax coding commonly used in photojournalism.
In the Beginning
‘A spectre is haunting Europe– the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre.’
What they did say as they reached lunar sunrise was a ‘message for all the world’:
‘We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send you. ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters…’
Some later Apollo astronauts brought Bibles with them. One red cover paper copy brought by Apollo 15 commander David Scott still rests on the dashboard of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, LRV, on the moon. Another Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell flew 100 Bibles of 1245 pages to the moon. They were in microfiche format just 4 square cm in size.
With Hammers and Sickles of the Soviet and Chinese communists aiming at pre-empting the Bibles of the West, who will ultimately win the ideological struggle?
Today, military focuses on several key features that were not well developed sixty years ago. For example computers and especially their miniaturisation meant that processing power was retained on earth. The Military talked about C3, command, control, communications.
Military strategists today talk about C4ISR:
or C4ISTAR with added Target Acquisition required by modern sophistication and precision.
Is the moon a target for acquisition by the power that wishes to control the world? What is at stake?
Today USA, India, Japan, China, Israel and Europe have also impacted the moon with their spacecraft. Who will lay claim to the moon? Who needs the moon? Any power who wishes to dominate Earth needs to control it. Will it lead to a struggle for supremacy of the earth-moon system? Will it be Communist or Democrat, Hindu or Jewish, Atheist or Theist?
David Heilbron Price
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