The module, Russia’s attempt to get back into the space race, didn’t land but crashed.
I am sure that Putin was expecting a successful landing, to then boast that he could not only wage a war of extermination in Ukraine, his neighbor nation, but also be a competitor with China and the US in space exploration.
But no. The complexity of the technology to land a module on the moon requires sophisticated inputs from many sources, which a nation under sanctions, like Russia, does not have access to.
Incidentally, India has a module now in transit to the same destination and my prediction is that their craft will land successfully. India, unlike Russia, is still open to the world.
It wasn’t long ago that Putin stated that Russia could prosper in isolation. It cannot.
The remark is yet another sign of his backwardness, his lack of vision and the wrong direction he has taken his nation into.
His fan, Donald Trump, will probably find time in his busy schedule trying to stay out of prison, to commiserate with him and encourage him to fight on and never give up. Victory is in sight, he will likely remark, and then, after Ukraine is completely destroyed, an alliance with the Far Right governments in Europe will allow for the greater expansion of the Russian Enlightenment.
What else can we call that divine movement springing from the mind of such an advanced leader as Vladmir Putin? A movement that seeks to elicit in all human beings the desire to kneel before and kiss the feet of their leaders.
Xi Jinping, in next door China, is taking notes.
His economy is not going as well as predicted. GDP has slowed down considerably, their productivity is ebbing, their population aging while youth unemployment is on the rise.
Perhaps, Xi is now wondering that his governing class hasn’t discovered the fountain of all wisdom as originally thought. And that an enterprising people, like the Chinese, may much prefer to have political freedoms, and chief among them, the freedom of speech, to tell a Chinese soldier or police person, ‘take your stinking boot off my throat!’.
Xi, too, should be sending a note to Putin, his ‘friend forever’, saying that he, too, shares in his grief, and to lift his spirits, add something to the effect that he’s learning a great deal from him in terms of his own planned assault on Taiwan, where free people live and prosper, to instead annex them, chain them, and have them join in the misery of the…