Early in the morning on Saturday, China launched the Chang & # 39; e 4 working ship on the Moon course. If everything goes well, it will be the first space ship in history to have a moon on the far side of the moon, probably in early January. This would be a huge achievement for China and for the history of space flight. But China seems extremely supportive of discussing this issue.
One day, he does not pay China to advertise his power in space for civilian launch.
China has always been somewhat unsolved in discussing its space program, but sometimes it stops for large-scale missions. When cosmonauts are launched on the Shenzhou spacecraft, or other probes are sent to the Moon, China tends to launch a publicly available media coverage through its own channels.
Recently, China has pressed to cover important topics in the media, including space flights, as a result of a tighter government policy. But even so, the launch of Chang & # 39; s 4 was extremely quiet.
To be fair, China announced launching through Xinhua shortly after completion of work. But the special web portals and multimedia coverage, which China has released for other space missions, has never come out. There was also no TV launch coverage. Publicity on the day before launch was virtually absent. China's International Television Network, CGTN, highlighted other events that are ahead of the Moon's mission.
Mission Chang & # 39; e 4 has the potential to create enormous interest and respect for China, and China has used its space program for many years as a tool. Why then the coverage is so tight?
The mission is excellent, but time is awkward. Currently in China, there is a sequence of interconnected economic and strategic challenges that over the course of several months have filled world headlines. The most prominent is the shameful trade war with America. But China is also drawn into disputes over intellectual property and the treatment of scientists. All these factors are clogged up in a space flight, which is a highly professional demonstration of the nation's skill in science, technology, industry and economic power.
One day, he does not pay China to advertise his power in space for civilian launch. The coverage of military satellite launches is even more stable, but this is true for any nation. The mission to go to a place where there was no space mission should have a higher profile. But actions in space are always determined by actions on Earth.