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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