British government gives China £49.3million in foreign aid despite them having a space programme...
China took a great leap forward in the space race yesterday by becoming the first country to land a craft on the ‘dark side’ of the Moon.
The Chang’e 4 robotic probe is part of the Communist regime’s plan to become a major power in extraterrestrial travel.
Beijing plans a manned space station by 2022 as part of its £3.9billion-a-year exploration programme. Experts say it is now highly likely that the next voice heard from the surface of the Moon will speak Mandarin.
Chang’e 4 has already beamed back photographs that appear to show a barren red landscape, although experts say this is a trick of the camera’s light and not the true colour of the lunar surface.
It is unmanned but does carry life from Earth. A 7lb aluminium pod contains a biosphere holding silkworm eggs and seedlings of several species including cress and potato. If it blossoms, the cress plant, which is kept in a nutrient-rich solution, will be the first flower on the moon, Chinese state media said. Potatoes have been chosen as they could be a major food source for space explorers.
The combined lander and rover, which has a gold foil cover to protect against radiation, will make astronomical observations and probe the structure and mineral composition of the terrain above and below the surface.
The landing highlights China’s growing ambition to rival the US, Russia and Europe in space – and to cement its position as a regional and global power.
Professor Hou Xiyun of Nanjing University said: ‘On the whole, China’s space technology still lags behind the West, but with the landing on the far side of the Moon, we have raced to the front.’
China now has Mars, Jupiter and the asteroid belt in its sights, he said, adding: ‘There’s no doubt that our nation will go farther and farther.’
The solar system could be flung apart by a galaxy that is hurtling towards the Milky Way. But the collision with the Large Magellanic Cloud will not happen for two billion years, astrophysicists at Durham University say today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
That is still much earlier than the impact between the Milky Way and another neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, which scientists predict will happen in eight billion years.
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p gannon, st louis, United States, 1 day ago
uk will cease to be a world power with this carry on.
DocDaneeka, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
That's because the last people the British Government would want to give our money to is us.
Twibbler, Sunny South, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
So, we give "aid" for the development of electric cars while they find the funds to send a rocket to the moon down the back of the sofa?
THE OLD MATELOT, BEACHED, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Hah. When I first read about this Chinese space story, I commented(tongue in cheek) that it felt proud to be British, knowing our aid money was going to a good cause. I was slated and red arrowed by lots of people saying that the UK did NOT give any aid to China. Well...........
grivas, stratford upon avon, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Sack Mordaunt now and scrap the overseas aid budget and spend the money here at home on things like the NHS , british homeles people , pensions in fact anything rather than handing out to all and sundry to be spent on projects this country cannot afford .
rojana, alpine, United States, 2 days ago
Research projects are not exactly aid.
woodward, Poole, 2 days ago
This again shows the stupidity of our country and our politicians.
Steve UK taxpayer, hope not EU much longer, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
I can't understand why either, plus I can't understand why the idiots doing this are not sacked.
Tracey Anne, Madrid, Spain, 2 days ago
Possibly because the country is ruled by a bunch of bloody idiots who think more of others than the people of their own country and who obviously have more money than sense. The worse thing is that they are always complaining that there is not enough money for the crumbling NHS and the thousands of homeless.
Nigel, Reading, 2 days ago
Get your local MP to ask in the House why, again and again till we get the truth.
Mr Positive, Doom and Gloom Emel, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Maybe it's to help get a future trade deal with China ? It's the same with India we give them millions, they also have a space program and aircraft carriers ( with aircraft ) even if they are French.