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Is China Winning the New Space Race?

Since the Soviet Luna program, China has been the only country to land on the moon for over 40 years. A recent Chang’e mission (1-4) has shown that China can not only orbit the moon and land, but also operate the rover well. On November 24, the National Space Agency of China launched the latest in the series, Chang’e 5.

This mission of collecting and returning samples is impressive. The Israeli privately funded mission and the recent failure of the Lunar Module by the Indian Vikram lander show how difficult such a mission is yet.

Is China Winning the New Space Race?

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