A leading Canberra astrophysicist says we’re witnessing a new space race between the world’s most advanced countries.
China has announced bold plans to land astronauts on the moon by 2030, as it looks to position itself ahead of the U.S as the leading nation in the industry, alongside Russia.
Mount Stromlo Observatory’s Doctor Brad Tucker says there has been closer engagement between China and Russia to boost their space programs.
“Russia has the history, the knowledge and the expertise,” Mr Tucker said.
“China they’re spending and that’s how NASA got to the moon in the 60s.
“But, they’re also bringing in Russian know how and that’s how Russia is keeping its status in space.”