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China’s New Moon Landing Schedule Escalates Race With U.S.

  • Scientist says crewed missions by 2030 are ‘entirely possible’
  • Biden’s NASA chief earlier confirmed plan for lunar probes
A Plane Is Dwarfed As It Flies Past The Moon

Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images 

The space rivalry between the U.S. and China is suddenly heating up after a top Chinese scientist said his nation may be able to send astronauts to the moon for the first time by 2030.

Coming just weeks after President Joe Biden’s top space official set out a similar timetable for new American lunar exploration, the comments set up the possibility of dueling missions between the two of the world’s best-financed space powers.