United States, China: the reasons for the return of astronauts to the Moon

Fifty years after Apollo, humanity intends to return to the Moon. Better still, two space powers display the same ambition. But is it for scientific, economic or political reasons? Answer.

Cape Kennedy, Florida. We are in 2034. On launch pad 39B, Thomas Pesquet goes up in the elevator to the very top of the huge SLS rocket. He settles in the Orion capsule which covers it at an altitude of 100 m. The Frenchman goes to the Moon. In exchange for the construction of a lunar lander, the European Space Agency (ESA) negotiated three seats for its astronauts in the American vessel. As a veteran, Thomas Pesquet is the first chosen. NASA’s rocket is about to roar. But as the countdown sounds in his helmet, the astronaut is struck by an existential question: “Why did we go back to the Moon?” If such a situation is a science fiction story, and Thomas Pesquet’s sudden questioning

Cape Kennedy, Florida. We are in 2034. On launch pad 39B, Thomas Pesquet goes up in the elevator to the very top of the huge SLS rocket. He settles in the Orion capsule which covers it at an altitude of 100 m. The Frenchman goes to the Moon. In exchange for the construction of a lunar lander, the European Space Agency (ESA) negotiated three seats for its astronauts in the American vessel. As a veteran, Thomas Pesquet is the first chosen. NASA’s rocket is about to roar. But as the countdown sounds in his helmet, the astronaut is struck by an existential question: “Why did we go back to the moon? »

If such a situation comes from the science fiction story, and the sudden questioning of Thomas Pesquet

Guillaume Langin, Published on September 12, 2022, Modified on September 12, 2022

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