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China poses serious threat to US in new space race – no issue is more important

The Honorable Newt Gingrich
 

By Newt Gingrich (original source Fox News) 

“It’s an exciting time for space exploration. On May 30, SpaceX and NASA launched a manned mission into space, sending astronauts into orbit. It was the first time anyone had flown into space from U.S. soil since the Space Shuttle program was retired in 2011.

The launch was also historic because never before had a privately designed and built spacecraft carried astronauts into space. The mission illustrates that the future of space travel will be driven by American innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Chinese are also heavily investing in space, with support and funding from the ruling Communist Party.

We are beginning the next great space race. It’s the United States versus China, in competition to be first to create systems for commercial space travel, to establish outposts on the moon, and ultimately to colonize other planets.”

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