US-China competition over technology, global influence heads to space as nations compete to establish lunar footholds | KOMO

U.S. Announces Lunar Base Plans Amid Rising Space Competition with China

  • Vice President Kamala Harris announced the U.S.'s plan to establish a lunar base camp and station in lunar orbit with the help of allied nations.

  • The goal is to return astronauts to the moon for the first time in over 50 years, but this has been delayed to 2027.

  • The Chinese space program poses a challenge to these plans, aiming to send its astronauts to the moon by the end of the decade.

  • The U.S. and its allies are developing internationally agreed-upon rules and guidelines for cosmic travel and commercial activities.

  • There are concerns over who will control and determine these rules.

  • Secretary of State Anthony Blinken emphasized the need to shape the future of the space environment for the benefit of all.

  • The U.S. is focused on preventing China from gaining absolute control over space and emphasizes the importance of shared control and cooperation.

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