We Commit To The Moon-Mars Mission - The True Spark for Changing the Culture - Page 15



views expressed today in the attempts to subvert and
block U.S. cooperation with China and Russia. In 2011,
the U.S. Congress passed the so-called Wolf amendment
(named after its sponsor, former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf),
prohibiting NASA from working with any Chinese citizens affiliated with the Chinese government (including
the China National Space Administration).
While NASA is permitted to work with Russia’s space
agency Roscosmos, our overall relations with Russia have
further deteriorated following the fraudulent “Russiagate” accusations of interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election (coming on top of decades of militarystrategic policies intended to threaten Russia’s security).
It’s time to end these geopolitical, closed-world policies, and engage in cooperation with China, Russia, and
other nations in an international pursuit of LaRouche’s
50-year Moon-Mars program.
As Lyndon LaRouche said in an address to that December 2009 international conference in Russia:
In order to realize the objectives which stand before
us now, we have to give mankind a new mission—mankind as a whole. The mission is typified by the idea of
the Mars colonization program. This requires us to
make the kinds of changes, in terms of scientific progress, which are needed for mankind’s future existence.
We have many problems on this planet. And we can
not solve those problems, extensively, without going
into a development of the Solar System as a habitat of
mankind. We’re on the edge of doing that, scientifically.
There are many scientific discoveries, yet to be made,
which will make it possible to act for man’s colonization of Mars. That will be in some time to come. But
what we need now is the intention of accomplishing the
Mars colonization program. We need to educate and
develop generations of young people, who will be oriented to that kind of mission. In the coming period, we
will have the birth of young people who will be part of
the colonization of Mars, in one way or the other, before this century is out.
We need to give mankind a sense of purpose, developmental purpose, not only throughout the planet, but through the
influence of Earth on the adjoining regions of the Solar System, and beyond.
Those objectives are feasible. There are, admittedly,
many problems to be solved, scientific problems, which
are not yet resolved. We have many questions. But, essentially, we know this is feasible. We know this should
be feasible within two or three generations. What we
have to do, is give to people, who will be the grandchildren, born now, to give them something to realize.
When we’re dead and gone, they will be there, three
generations from now, four generations from now.
They will be the people who actually colonize areas beyond Earth itself. We need to give them the opportunity to do so. We need to give society, in the meantime,
the mission-orientation of achieving that colonization,
for our descendants, three generations or so down the
line.
In January 2019, China became the
first nation to achieve a successful
soft landing on the far side of the
moon. Chang’e 4 (left) touched down
on January 3, releasing a small rover
(above) named Yutu. Since it is not
possible to directly communicate by
radio waves with the far side of the
Moon, a small satellite named Queqiao
was set up in a special orbit that allows
it to relay messages to and from Earth
and the Chinese lander and rover.
Cooperation between the United
States and China could unlock huge
potentials for joint efforts and research.
But the so-called “Wolf amendment,”
passed in 2011, significantly limits
US-China space cooperation. This
obstruction must be removed.
Colonizing Space Will Change Our Culture
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