‘ve documented the incredible ambition of China’s space program before — they’re hoping to put a man on the moon, and intend to build their own space station.Writing at Der Spiegel, Christian Schwägerl reports that now the chronically underfunded European space agencies are looking to China, and their significant funding, technology, and ambition, to sustain their future.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Germany this week, Schwägerl writes, and the countries may be finding ways to work together on space-related plans, and perhaps even allow China use of the International Space Station, something American politicians have spoken out against.
Will America be left behind? Short of a surprise Newt Gingrich comeback, space exploration doesn’t seem high on the American agenda, and China is beginning to muscle up in the area. “We should not fall victim to the dangerous rhetoric of a new Cold War in space,” DLR Director Johann-Dietrich Wörner told Schwägerl.
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