Two nights ago, Space X launched a rocket into the sky. It sent a very bright plume across the heavens and it appeared that everyone who had a phone camera aimed it skyward in order to film this strange UFO-like space ship leaving behind a well-lit trail across the sky.

I received many videos from alert listeners from the California coast to Arizona asking me if I knew what it was.

Well, I knew it wasn’t an alien spacecraft, but it certainly signaled there is now an immediate need by private industry and the Trump administration to get astronauts on the launch pad and put them back on the Moon and Mars.

On December 11, Donald Trump signed a new space policy directive which instructs NASA to focus on sending humans to the Moon. The last time the United States sent its astronauts to the Moon was way back in December 1972, during the Apollo 17 mission.

This means the United States had a stop gap of no missions beyond the barrier of the Van Allen Belt for 45 years.

Of course, this has been the reason that many conspiracy theories have been spun about how we either didn’t go to the Moon in 1969 or that when we did go to the Moon – the astronauts were actually warned to stay away by some mysterious aliens that the government have kept quiet about.

The recent revelations about the Pentagon spearheading 22 million dollar investigation into UFOs has opened another huge can of cosmic worms where a number of people see it as confirmation, while others see it an announcement to prime us for some false flag alien attack.

The situation may be all of that or none of that; however, the bottom line is that President Trump has signed these directives for military and corporate interests.

Space has always been part of strategic Military conquest ever since Russia terrified the United States with their launch of Sputnik – a satellite that had most Americans paranoid of what could be launched from above them or whether or not they are being spied on.

In 1957, Russia was working on its space program and had no idea that they were part of some race for space.

They merely studied and prepared their country for the next phase in their evolution. The United States was being devastated by Russian space breakthroughs. Using that bold American, spirit our government created a hypothetical “Space Race.”

It was promoted and encouraged because Russia was the first to launch a satellite into space, an animal into space, and while we couldn’t even get a rocket off the ground or keep it in the sky for 5 minutes they were ready to go to the Moon. The Luna-1 rocket was able to do a fly by over the Moon snapping pictures and the Luna two was able to reach the Moon and drop off Communist chotchkies on the lunar surface.

Back on American launch pads, many of the rockets would just explode. They attempted a satellite launch with project Vanguard and it failed. Four months after Russia successfully launched Sputnik 1, The United States successfully launched Explorer 1 into space. The Russians had already launched the dog, Laika into space, but she later died six hours into the flight.

The U.S. sent up monkeys and brought them back alive. The Russians had successfully sent a man into space and brought him back alive. The Russians sent rockets to the moon. The United States claimed they put a man on the Moon.

Russia was flummoxed. How did that happen? How could it have happened? They were stunned. They were in the process of landing a man on the Moon and they couldn’t do it.

This was the so-called space race. It was kind of like a fat kid showing up at the track, watching a toned athlete run several laps and then saying to him “I have been watching you run, and I can run too, I know you can run better than me, but I know I can beat you.” The athlete doesn’t take the kid seriously until he does win the race, a race the athlete didn’t want to run, but felt compelled to run just to teach the kid a lesson.

After signing the new space directive, President Trump assured everybody that this policy was the first step taken “to restore American leadership in space.”

While reflecting how long it has been since a U.S. astronaut has been on the Moon, Trump thanked his guest Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, one of the last Americans to be on the Moon, and announced that he will not be the last one to be there.

The new space directive essentially refocuses America’s space program on human exploration and discovery. “This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars. And perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond,” the president added. Pointing towards the role played by United States in outer space, Trump emphasized that this new space directive will ensure that “America’s space program once again leads and inspires all of humanity.”

Trump’s boasting is empty because there are many countries like India and China whose space programs have advanced beyond ours and the European Space Agency and Roscosmos in Russia have already been making plans to find alien life or at least explore and further the investigations into anomalies
they have discovered with their advanced space programs.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is also the chairman of National Space Council, reiterated the point made by Trump about America’s prime position as a leader in outer space exploration. Pence called the new space directive “momentous occasion in the history of American space exploration,” and mentioned that during the National Space Council’s inaugural meeting in October, it was approved a recommendation to NASA to return American astronauts back to the Moon.

It is commendable that President Trump has revitalized the space program but I think the biggest question is why now?

This new space policy directive raises many pertinent questions about the future of space exploration in general, and why, after thirty-five years since Apollo 17, has this announcement come out?

If one tries to read between the lines, one thing that stands out prominently in the remarks by both the president and vice president is the sentiment that the United States will lead again in space.

The American people may feel good all over thinking they are going to be pioneers in space, but we have already been there and we have done that.

The only way we would be pioneers in space again is to ignore the moon and go directly to Mars.

To be pioneers in space is to build space stations on the Moon – we don’t need to leave another foot print or plant another flag – what we need is the truth.

This new space race is about advanced threat assessment of possible extra terrestrial contact, and of course strategic positions that can put us ahead of other countries with regard to space defense and warfare.

Sure, there is the thrill of hearing about astronauts going out on missions, but if we have to go through the tired jingoistic nonsense that went on previously with the Moon landing – it will just be another example of cosmic showboating that would really make us look like a bunch of arrogant clowns.

Space is and has always been seen as a “strategic area,” which directly impacts the national security and defense of a country. With United States trying to enhance its capabilities, other states are observing these events very seriously, especially those with their own space programs.

Right now, one can’t say definitively whether this decision by U.S. government will lead to the reoccurrence of a space race like in the 1960s.

However, I think that we have had 45 years under our belt – our neglect over that time means we have a lot of catching up to do and flag waving or games of footsy are going to mean absolutely nothing to other countries who have been working hard in advancing their space programs and have secretly been involved with launching killer satellites and other covert weapons that can be used on military targets on the planet’s surface.

The Chinese space program, which used to be shrouded in secrecy for a long time, is now coming up as a major player in the arena of space exploration.

Though Chinese space authorities have publicly announced the country’s ambitions to forge itself into a major space power by the early 2030s, President Xi Jinping’s government is also considering ways to direct spending that will push Chinese tech companies toward breakthroughs in downstream technologies like robotics, aerospace, artificial intelligence, big data analytics and other 21st-century technologies.

The majority of China’s space ambitions remain focused on boosting Chinese prestige at home and abroad. But a push within Xi’s government to triple spending on space science as well as the emergence of a small but growing group of privately backed space start-ups suggest that both Chinese industry and government see long-term economic benefits in their investments in space technologies.

The increasing flow of capital toward both China’s state-run and private space-related tech companies could place increased pressure on NASA, and eventually on commercial space companies in the United States and Europe.

In 2016, China launched more rockets than Russia for the first time, equaling the 22 rockets launched by the United States. Included among those missions was Shenzou 11, which carried a crew of two to dock with China’s Tiangong-2 spacecraft, a temporary orbiting space habitat serving as a stepping stone for a larger, permanent Chinese space station in the early 2020s.

In the past year, a number of Chinese space launch start-ups have emerged, largely with the backing of universities and hedge funds. Two-year-old OneSpace is developing a 59-ton launch vehicle that it plans to launch for the first time in 2018.

Russia and the United States have been working on programs on the ISS that include the sequencing of anomalous microbial life forms.

On December 10th, 2017 astronomers at the International Space Station successfully sequenced the genes of three unknown organisms and correctly identified them without sending the samples back to Earth. The work, part of a project known as Genes in Space-3, makes identifying life on foreign planets (through their DNA) and treating sick astronauts aboard the space station closer to reality. Another program not reported by the mainstream news includes a similar experiment that Russia was conducting on possible alien bacteria.

The project is called EcAMSat and has been going on since November.

In space, bacteria “shapeshifts” to defend itself against antibiotics, experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS) have revealed. The discovery potentially poses a big problem for future space travel as long duration missions happen more frequently, we will need special antibiotics to kill alien bacteria.

It is a curiosity to try and unravel a possible Andromeda strain hot zone in space and then quarantine it and then use the alien bacteria for biological weapons.

As a matter of fact you may recall that back in August of this year NASA posted a job for a or a planetary protection officer. USA Today, in order to boost its online hits, stated that the position included protecting the planet for aliens.

The job does have a mandate to prevent extraterrestrial contamination from entering Earth’s biosphere, most of the job involves working with missions to design systems that prevent them from accidentally bringing life with them from space or cross contaminating another planet with our own microbes.

The whole alien microbe business is being taken seriously, and so one has to assume that the new announcement of alien life – in case you didn’t know, is microbial life capable of living in hostile environments.

There is also a plan that was set into motion by former President Barack Obama which would increase surveillance capabilities from outer space.

A grid system known as the “Space Fence” will record the route and speed of every vehicle on the streets. It will allow the military to observe the movements of individual pedestrians. At night, the space fence will capture the precise moments when the lights in living rooms and bedrooms are turned on and off. The data that the military will acquire, which can be correlated with information from mobile devices and smart meters, will become an important component of the growing digital record of nearly everything we do.

One of the lesser-known assets of the US Space Command’s world-wide space surveillance system is the 217 MHz NAVSPASUR “fence” across the southern US. It is proposed that this fence warns the military of potentially hostile threats both foreign and domestic. However, there are other agencies such as DARPA that have been attempting to construct an electromagnetic, self-aware artificial intelligence grid for full spectrum dominance. This system would be used for surveillance, electronic harassment, mind control, geo-engineering and weather control.

Since the 1980’s the Military Industrial Complex has been busily working on a fool proof space fence system that would be comparable to “Skynet”.

The FCC has now approved a plan for a free web constellation of Satellites that will be able to bring internet and monitor the phones, cars and other assets.

A new startup company called OneWeb plans to launch a constellation of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) technology in order to provide global, high-speed broadband. The company’s goal has far-reaching implications, and would provide internet to rural and hard-to-reach areas that currently have little access to internet connectivity. Additionally, OneWeb has targets of “connecting every unconnected school” by 2022, and “bridging the digital divide” by 2027.

Other companies are currently planning similar “space internet” satellite constellations, including Boeing, ViaSat, Telesat, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which has been meeting with the FCC for months. Tom Sullivan, chief of the FCC’s International Bureau, says the additional applications range from “as little as two satellites to as many as 4,000” and are still under review by the bureau.

According to OneWeb, the company plans to launch an initial 10 production satellites in early 2018, which pending tests, will then be followed by a full launch as early as 2019.

Once again, space will be a part of big brother’s eye in the sky program for surveillance as well as internet distribution.

Space is revolutionizing the way people think about the Earth. New capabilities, rekindled dreams and an atmosphere of entrepreneurialism mean a new wave of terrestrial tech has forged a well-worn path that will yield profits for science, industry, and military occupation.

In 2018, the space programs will first be interested in harvesting raw data from advanced Artificial Intelligence that will be used to break the barriers that once kept us from venturing to places beyond the Moon.

‘Big data’ has transformed the planet into a gigantic set of data that can be both interrogated and extrapolated, transforming the way industries as diverse as farming and insurance operate.

Space travel is moving from the world of government procurement and aerospace engineering giants to venture capital-funded start-ups that rely on ever-cheaper services for more customers.

As they prove to be profitable they will grow further, and fast.