NASA’s Administrator Bill Nelson congratulated China for successfully landing a rover on Mars, but also used the significant achievement to embark on warning Congress of China’s competition to American leadership.
The statements were made on May 19 after the Chinese Space Administration unleashed some breathtaking visuals of its first-ever mission on Mars. China acknowledged praise from its US counterparts as NASA’s Administrator congratulated the nation for becoming the second country to land a spacecraft on the Red Planet. It raised eyebrows across the state as China-US boiling tensions have been pervasive ever since it incepted.
“As the international scientific community of robotic explorers on Mars grows, the United States and the world look forward to the discoveries Zhurong will make to advance humanity’s knowledge of the Red Planet,” Nelson said in the statement. The Americans are looking forward to future international discoveries, which will help inform and develop the capabilities needed to land human boots on Mars.
The bamboozling effect of Chinese supremacy in space would lag the US in yet another frontier, and surely the authorities don’t want that. Some of the images were outrageous and more realistic to the Mars Perseverance rover, and the NASA’s officials were brought to attention by Bill Nelson. He claimed that it’s time to get serious on their missions of human exploration in space, the moon, and other planets, or the lack of vigilance will cost the United States big time. However, his threat was seen as derogatory terms as he underestimated the prowess of its probe.