NASA chief warns Congress about Chinese space station

A Long March 5B rocket lifts off from the Wenchang launch site on China's southern in May; Chinese state media reported the &quo
A Long March 5B rocket lifts off from the Wenchang launch site on China’s southern in May; Chinese state media reported the “successful” launch, a major test of its ambitions to operate a permanent space station and send astronauts to the Moon

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine told lawmakers Wednesday it was crucial for the US to maintain a presence in Earth’s orbit after the International Space Station is decommissioned so that China does not gain a strategic advantage.


The first parts of the ISS were launched in 1998 and it has been continuously lived in since 2000.

The station, which serves as a space science lab and is a partnership between the US, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada, is currently expected to be operated until 2030.

“I’ll tell you one thing that has me very concerned—and that is that a day is coming when the International Space Station comes to

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