Chapter 856: Nothing is Impossible
The originally dull weekend was ignited with a video released by Celestial.
A thirty-minute documentary journaled the living conditions of twenty-four astronauts in space. Including how they collected Moon ice, how they produced oxygen through electrolysis of water, how they extracted of rare earth elements from Moon soil, how they used the lunar rover to explore giant craters, how they were building the lunar greenhouse still under construction, and so on.
Since the controlled fusion technology remained confidential, the documentary did not explain the other uses of the collection of soil, the excuse was the collection of rare earth resources.
The person responsible for the filming work was an astronaut named Li Fang. Before joining the space colonization program and subsequently receiving training to become an astronaut, she worked as a reporter at Coro Island Radio and Television Station. When they received the task of filming a documentary from the ground command center, she immediately volunteered. While she filmed, she provided vivid descriptions.
“Look at the big shack behind me. That is our lunar greenhouse. Although we have to get food through monthly supply rockets now, we’ll be able to eat potatoes from the Moon in about three months. Jim, who cares for these potatoes, said that the mashed potatoes on the Moon will be very tasty and I’ve already drooling at the thought.”
At the end of the documentary, the young lady ended with a propaganda message.
“If you, like me, love space, then join us in our great colonial cause!”
There was no need for her to publicize it. After seeing such a novel Moon life, a “space fever” spread all over the world. Curiosity was always the driving force behind the exploration of human beings. When space, something beyond the imagination, was within reach, even people who were totally uninterested in the aerospace industry were driven by their emotions and developed an interest in colonizing the moon.
Prior to this, the rumors that the 24 astronauts turned into space junk faded with the release of this documentary. They not only survived on the Moon but now they started to grow space crops!
Just the day after the video was uploaded to the official website, the UA citizens who saw the dawn on the Moon went onto the Capitol’s website and sent a petition to restart the Apollo Program. According to regulations, when the number of signatures exceeded 100,000, the Capitol must respond.
It took only 24 hours and the number of petitioners already exceeded 100,000.
Out of necessity, Hill had to deliver a message in front of the media and say that she would discuss with the Congress about the feasibility of restarting the Apollo Program. However, she also stressed that even if the Apollo Program was restarted, the UA could not emulate Celestial Trade’s Moon mission in the short term.
However, at the end of her speech, she also subtly criticized Celestial Trade’s space project.
“Celestial Trade has spent tens of billions of dollars on this space colonization plan. They spent one to two years of NASA’s budget in half a year. They spent their own money, so I cannot criticize them. However, as the president, I will not squander taxpayer’s money on a project that currently seems meaningless. Instead of colonizing the moon, we might as well go colonize the Sonora Desert.”
The Sonora Desert was a large desert at the junction of the UA and Mexico. No one other than smugglers entered the life forbidden zone. Her words were nothing more than mocking that Celestial Trade had spent money on meaningless projects.
But no matter what, the 30-minute video completely ignited people’s desire in exploring the universe.
Just three days after the release of the video, Celestial Trade received more space volunteer applications than the sum of the past two months!
The more exciting news had yet to come.
Shortly after the documentary was released, Hawking published a message on his personal social media account, saying that he had already immigrated to Xin. He also resigned from Cambridge University as a professor and would serve as a professor of physics at Coro University. In addition, he joined Celestial Trade as a consultant in the “space colonization” project.
Stephen William Hawking, a name that was not just renowned in the scientific community. This man suffering from ALS, who could only move his eyes and three fingers, was able to prove the singularity theorem of the general theory of relativity and the black hole area theorem. He proposed the theory of black hole evaporation and made considerable contributions to a unified Einstein’s theory of relativity and Planck’s quantum mechanics.
He was the pride of modern British physics.
Now, however, the pride of the British suddenly announced the change of nationality after a visit to Xin. This move made British Prime Minister Teresa May and the Queen of England shocked.
When asked by media reporters why he made such a choice, Hawking’s answer was quite frank.
Although it was still the cold reply of electronic sounds, the reporters at the interview felt his truest feelings.
“Science is borderless, and scientists are also borderless. In my later years, I saw the hope of humans migrating to space. Now I hope to be closer to my own dreams and use my shallow knowledge to contribute a little for this dream. I hope you don’t over interpret my decision. This is just an old man who hopes to use his own way to complete the last journey of his life.”
However, for this great scientist, British Prime Minister Theresa May even visited Coro Island personally, hoping to change his mind.
“There are many ways to realize your dreams. The ESA has recently also been discussing a moon landing program with a plan to establish a European colony on the Moon in 2030 – New Amsterdam. We need your help.”
May, not minding that Jiang Chen was on the side, directly extended her invitation to Hawking who had changed his nationality.
However, Hawking’s answer was very direct.
“As long as you are still discussing, that will never be the result.”
Teresa May was stunned. After a moment of silence, she couldn’t stop herself from asking
“Excuse me for asking, but what did Future Group promise you that you made your mind to stay here.”
When he heard this question, Hawking squeezed out a smile with his stiff muscles and his three fingers typed on the keyboard.
“He promised to help me stand up.”
Teresa was stunned, then anger appeared on her face as she looked at Jiang Chen standing next to her.
“Mr. Jiang Chen, deceiving an old man is not a gentleman’s move.”
“Deceiving?” Jiang Chen laughed. “If I said I will help him stand up, I will definitely help him stand up.”
“Is it true? As far as I know, ALS is an incurable disease. Modern medicine can’t solve this problem at all. And you said that you can cure Mr. Hawking’s illness. Isn’t this fraud?” Teresa narrowed her eyes as her wrinkles squeezed together.
The Prime Minister who succeeded Cameron resembled the “Iron Lady” Thatcher’s demeanor, but Jiang Chen, who had long been accustomed to power, was able to respond to the pressure.
“Modern medical treatment can’t cure it, but it doesn’t mean that Future Biology can’t cure the disease.” Jiang Chen smiled. “Don’t forget, the T virus vaccine that saved the world was developed by our research institution.”
After listening to this sentence, Theresa stared at him.
“You mean Future Group has already found a cure for ALS? How is this possible…”
Jiang Chen confidently responded with a definitive tone.
“For Future Group, nothing is impossible.”