China has a Sputnik Moment.
Americans hit the snooze button.
At 4:35 am, China's Jade Rabbit rover (Yutu) drove onto the moon's surface on Sunday after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades, a huge advance in the China's ambitious space program. The mission is to look for natural resources.
The moon has vast veins of titanium, aluminum, magnesium silicon, basically everything you need to build spacecraft. With no atmosphere and lower, but usable gravity, it represents a natural harbor for launching into deep space.
A week ago, China's state media announced that they intend to build bases on the moon. Military bases.
Frankly, with this happening now, coupled with the cancellation of NASA's Constellation program to return to the moon, I hope that NASA's mission will become an issue in the 2016 elections.
It's time to write to your congressman.