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Three MARS Probes Now Aloft—Inspiration to Clean Up the Mess on Earth

July 31, 2020
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (NASA/Joel Kowsky)
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Early yesterday morning, 10 milliseconds before schedule—the NASA Mars probe Atlas V 541 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, and performed its initial flight sequences flawlessly, beginning its seven- month mission to Mars. (Landing date, Feb. 18, 2021). The other two Mars spacecraft are likewise en route—the Chinese and U.A.E. launches, both earlier in July. The U.S. payload includes the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity mini-helicopter. If we can put a four-wheeler on Mars—for the second time, and fly an aircraft there, we can clean up the mess on Earth.

Having the technology isn’t the big problem, despite decades of destructive casino economics, and a financial system now in the blow-out stage. The constraint is mobilizing the commitment and leadership to establish a new economic system, in the service of national sovereignty and development.

Like a space mission, our emergency mission on Earth needs a top-down design. Statesman-economist Lyndon LaRouche provided the principles and policies for that over a lifetime of working on programs all over the world. Now in circulation is the global emergency program issued in May by LaRouchePAC, “The LaRouche Plan To Reopen the U.S. Economy; The World Needs 1.5 Billion New, Productive Jobs.”

The latest breakdown reports underscore the necessity of action. In the U.S., GDP declined 32.9% in the second quarter (April-June) on an annualized basis. Huge business and institutional closures are underway. All the while, the politicized morass in Congress cannot even come up with a timely continuation of Federal help on unemployment, home eviction prevention, farming support, local government functions—public health, schools, and the rest. President Donald Trump, at his White House press briefing today, appealed for Congress to act on these measures. Boeing announced it will discontinue manufacturing of its 747 aircraft by 2023. In Chicago, the 170-year-old Mercy Hospital and Medical Center announced yesterday it will shut down. Multiply this the world over—with the critical exception of China—and the urgency is clear, for both emergency measures, and a new system of physical economy.

The pandemic is raging at terrible rates. In the last eight days, the world’s number of official cases rose by 2 million. The global total has exceeded 17 million. The U.S. and the Americas are in the forefront of the surge right now, although terrible situations exist on other continents. In Zimbabwe, thousands are in desperate conditions.

In these circumstances, the war hawk provocations are as insane as they are dangerous. Today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for three hours, repeatedly stressed his main point: “China is the central threat of our time.” He also accused Russia of being a “destabilizing authoritarian force” in the world, despite the fact that his boss, President Trump, has been in phone talks with President Vladimir Putin, about participating in an upcoming Summit of the Permanent Five member states of the UN Security Council, which Russia’s Putin initiated. This summit opportunity is critical—maybe the last ever—for great power deliberation to deal with combatting the pandemic, and working for a new financial/economic system. Opposing this, Pompeo is in league with the British networks which have been conducting the dirty coup operations against Trump all along.

A powerful flank against the British/Pompeo crowd is the exposure of the nature of this apparatus by William Binney, former National Security Administration Technical Director of the World Geopolitical and Military Analysis and Reporting section of the NSA, who has been speaking out, with others in recent days, in particular at a July 23 press conference co-sponsored by EIR and the Schiller Institute, and a July 25 Schiller Institute special seminar among other events. On Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m. EDT, he will be on a panel at a LaRouchePAC town hall, joined by Roger Stone, the longtime political consultant to Donald Trump, whose sentence was commuted in July by the President. Together they will lay out the big picture on these operations. (See LaRouchePAC’s July 29 press release, “Roger Stone and William Binney Speak Out: To Keep the Republic, Defend the Presidency.”)

On July 29, Mr. Binney spoke to a New Jersey evening meeting of the Daniel Burke for U.S. Senate, N.J. campaign, and Binney addressed the point that one deadly function of the surveillance state is that it suppresses creativity. Look at the targetting of Lyndon LaRouche. Look at the targeting of Binney’s own team’s invention of the “ThinThread” NSA surveillance program, which would ferret out terrorist threats—as before 9/11—and not be a universal spying tool. This was stopped.

Previewing today’s Mars Perseverance rocket launch, NASA Administrator James Bridenstine said at a July 27 press conference, “These are very, very exciting times.... Perseverance is a very important mission for the United States of America, and of course, a very, very important mission for the world.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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