China open to cooperation on a manned mission to the Moon

Monday, October 26, 2009

Here's an example of reason #3 from the ten reasons why we should explore the Moon first and put Mars on the back burner - China is an example of one nation willing to cooperate with the greater international community on a mission there, and indeed seems to prefer the idea of doing so compared to trying it themselves. The Moon is at a level of difficulty where many other nations have just (or are about to) developed the capacity to help out.

One wonders though whether it would be better for space in the end for other nations to cooperate with the US, or to simply send their own people into space and lunar orbit (in preparation for a manned landing) in order to create a bit of a space race again.


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