It looks weird and all of a sudden. Half a century the Moon revolved around us as a souvenir: the Americans thought about her only to remind myself that "they won the race." The conspiracy — to ask again, "and won US the race." Periodically heavenly body floated in bodryakova tweets Elon musk — somewhere between the design of future Martian towns and selling flame throwers to protect from zombies. In General, everything was as something serious. Periodically varying space Agency spoke on "planned landing on the moon in 20 years", but all accustomed to thinking of it as a ritual assurances that humanity didn't give up and scored on a satellite. In this context, the battle of the conspiracy theorists that the lunar program was recognized as a hoax, in fact, strictly speaking, did not make sense: what's the difference, the Americans were on the moon or not, if it was in any case God knows when, and at the moment, to repeat, they can not, even if you want.
However, it seems that this period of cosmic indifference behind. Now to the lunar news lunar and Analytics bombed mediapal with unprecedented (at least in our century) intensity. And places remind information hysterics. "America is losing another space race to China"; "moon mission and space station: behind the Indian space race?"; "Three private companies want to land on the moon within two years"; "NASA promises a contract for seven billion for the next lunar mission"; "Roscosmos" announces 400-million tender for studies related to the lunar program"; "Stages of the Russian lunar program has assigned a name."
A natural question arises that it suddenly happened.
By publications — including quite a panic and a bit too futuristic on the upper floors of the main world powers have changed the concept of perception of near-earth space.
Simply put (let's leave aside the question of the state budget-oswietlenie HYIP in front of us or a real look into the future), coming to our planet 400 million miles of space suddenly began to seriously be considered by all as a potential space to extract resources, control the world and, accordingly, collision of the great powers.
So trump requires "not just the presence, and dominance" in the middle space and the challenges of returning to the moon by 2024-mu; China is going to build a base on the moon's pole by 2030; Russia thinks about the same, India is preparing to put the first vehicle on the moon in September, and even Israel, as we recall, recently attempted (just came out).
What are you going to share in the cosmic void now? American experts-alarmists, saying that "China is ahead" (and quite actively promoting this panic funding of private companies), routinely list what is at stake:
- space solar energy. China has unveiled ambitious plans seem to have begun to implement them. Imagine a clock hanging face to the Sun is a giant battery, guide microwave packages gigawatts down to the receivers of energy on Earth. If the first there will be not our, American, batteries, and the Chinese?
- satellite Internet. Imagine a farmer in Bolivia, standing in front of a choice: pay for American companies or take it "as a gift from the Chinese people." It is clear that he will choose. But in exchange for free satellite Internet Bolivian to look at the world is wrong with your eyes, through Chinese search engines. And when it will dial, for example, "freedom of speech" — that the totalitarian Chinese search engines will tell him about the violations in the corrupt Western democracies.
I'm not kidding: the case of the American space discussions move just like that.
...In a word, before us, may be the beginning of a completely real — a realistic and pragmatic — the return of mankind to the place where the last decade reigned Supreme dreamers.
And there is one point that is extremely interesting for our country. You could even say, shocking.
As you know, the theme of space played a critical role in mirossay the Soviet era. The Soviet Union, being conceived innovative government, declared himself as strongly directed to the future. That is, given the conquests of the twentieth century into space to conquer new planets and the gigantic universal decision task, compared to which the temporary domestic difficulties of his contemporaries looked ridiculous.
So. Today, when the younger generation of school graduates who caught the Soviet Union, already under fifty, the majority of citizens does not deal with the memory of the Soviet Union, and with the "cultural snapshot" with the Soviet Union. With his books, films and cartoons. Those who today shock are nostalgic, mailing each other tube pictures about the everyday life of Soviet citizens, actively sharing, among other things, and the Soviet dream.
That is, paradoxically, our Russian longing for the good old past were also the holders of longing for the good old future. And even holders of its controlling stake (who has not seen the social networks of the famous poster with Gagarin and the caption "we're sorry, Yura, we all prolyubili").
This is the good old bright future remained in the past, became a kind of cultural heritage is quite a large reservoir "of mediaroster" and foreign residents. And the images are "parallel", "the subjunctive of the USSR", design the reproach of the real Russia, will certainly include a elegant tube design of the city in the craters under the starry sky.
So if the "second space race" really begins Russia will certainly provide it yourself its part of the prizes. And space again actively back into our lives — both now back from the Arctic.
The U.S. wants to exclude Russia from the "race to the moon"? Remind them that it was
Time repeated the cover of the 1968 conquerors of the moon, but without the USSR and Russia. On radio Sputnik analyst Maxim Zharov comments on the post.
But that is typical. The current Russian Arctic the media nostalgia for the USSR does not cause any feelings and even specific interest, although the polar-Arctic theme in Soviet culture for decades sounded also very powerful (Chelyuskinites, polar pilots, "Territory" t-shirt and so on). For the actively reviving the Arctic with which we are dealing now, it is impossible to miss: it is measured by some outrageous material, non-romantic values like million tonnes, some floating nuclear power plants and plants for the liquefaction of natural gas.
There is reason to fear that the "new space" in the pragmatic form in which it will return to us — with solar power, ultra-small and ultra-light media, with the satellite Internet market and business plans of state-owned corporations in the trillions of rubles, will cause in the "old space dreams" a crushing blow.
And many will have to learn to dream about the future again.
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