China is gaining ground in space. Should the US be concerned?

This May, China landed a rover on Mars, expanding the nation’s growing presence in space. The feat showed the world the nation’s space capabilities and fueled fires anew of competition in space, but is there truly cause for concern?

China became the second nation ever to successfully land on Mars when its Zhurong rover touched down May 14 on the Martian plain of Utopia Planitia . Zhurong’s arrival  followed NASA’s successful landing of its own Perseverance rover in Jezero Crater on Mars Feb. 18. This step is one of many being taken by China to expand its presence in space, including the development of a space station and continued exploration of the far side of the moon by its lunar rover Chang’e 4. 

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