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

In May of this year, China landed a rover on Mars, expanding the country’s presence in space. This feat showed the world the country’s space capabilities and rekindled the flames of competition in space, but is there really cause for concern?

China became the second country to ever successfully land on Mars when its Zhurong rover landed May 14 on the martian plain Utopia Planning … Jurong’s arrival followed NASA’s successful landing. Persistence all-terrain vehicle in Jezero Crater on Mars on Feb.18, the move is one of many China is taking to expand its presence in space, including building a space station and continuing to explore the far side of the moon with its Chang’e 4 rover.

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