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A New Space Race? China Adds Urgency to US Return to Moon
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A New Space Race? China Adds Urgency to US Return to Moon

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just rocket fuel propelling America's first moonshot after a half-century lull. Rivalry with China's flourishing space program is helping drive NASA’s effort to get back into space in a bigger way, as both nations push to put people back on the moon and establish the first lunar bases.American intelligence, military and political leaders make clear they see a host of strategic challenges to the U.S. in China’s space program, in an echo of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry that prompted the 1960s’ race to the moon. That's as China is quickly matching U.S. civil and military space accomplishments and notching new ones of its own.On the military side, the U.S. and China trade accusations of weaponizing space. Senior U.S. defense officia...