The probe headed for the moon, sent by India, is on track for a lunar orbit (not landing) in the next week.
Relax, panicking Pentagon officials and news outlets!
India's neat trick, which is actually a follow-up to Japan and China both putting satellites in moon orbit in late 2007, is a technological feat that should be applauded.
However, before we all start sweating and looking into the night sky in fear, remember this:
America put a human into moon orbit 40 years ago last month. Americans walked on the moon 7 times before 1972 was over. Americans have two rovers wandering around Mars. In terms of the space race, the Chinese, Japanese, and Indians are really just toddlers.
Nevertheless, this raises a very exciting issue for me. Is there a chance I could live to see the Earth's first Star War? Is there a chance I would be recruited to fly an X-Wing starfighter against Japanese T.I.E interceptors? Will I be chosen to lead an assault on the Indian Death Star before it destroys the planet Alderaan? Will I be able to resist the temptations of the Dark Side of the Force?
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