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Competing for Partners in Outer Space

Oct 6, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Cooperation, and Increasing Competition, in Orbital Research
The 1975 docking of between Apollo and Soyuz capsules, shown in an artist's rendering, ushered in an era of relative cooperation in orbit between the United States and the Soviet Union.
(NASA/Wikimedia Commons)

Conducting research in space is expensive, and few countries can afford to go it alone. Though the intense competition over military and commercial uses of space will continue, space and planetary science will likely remain collaborative fields, even if flavored with nationalism. Nevertheless, as other nations develop their own space programs, their more established counterparts in the United States, Russia and China will increasingly vie with one another to enlist them as research partners....

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