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The launch of the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft in western China last month marked another great leap forward for the nation’s space program and its ambition to send manned missions to the moon and, eventually, Mars. Yet more than national prestige is at stake: China is counting on its space program to pay huge economic dividends.
China is NASA’s biggest rival in space exploration with plans to land “taikonauts” on the moon by 2036 and Mars thereafter. Along the way, President Xi Jinping hopes the space missions will spawn a wave of Chinese innovation in robotics, aviation and artificial intelligence, among other leading 21st-cen
It also developed weapons: In 2007, the nation tested an anti-satellite missile by blowing up a Chinese craft. Now, China is spending big on scientific endeavors, launching the world’s first quantum-communications satellite and a telescope to search for dark matter in the past year alone.
“Scientific space research is expensive and sees very little practical benefits in the short term,” Wu said.
China's secretive space program threatens NASA's dominance
originally posted by: projectvxn
a reply to: seasonal
NASA has a budget of $19 billion.
I don't think we have to worry about China outspending us.
But China is hungry. They are more willing to take risks in order to master space the way we have in a faster way.
The US has been very risk averse when it comes to space exploration. It's an attitude that I think needs to change.
From 1962 to 1967, Gemini cost $1.3 billion in 1967 dollars. In January 1969, a NASA report to the US Congress estimating the costs for Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo (through the first manned Moon landing) included $1.2834 billion for Gemini, broken down to $797.4 million for spacecraft, $409.8 million for launch vehicles, and $76.2 million for support.
originally posted by: seasonal
I think it is going to be a p!ssing match between the US and China, and Trump is the man who would do it.