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Space race

Taikonauts on a spacewalk outside the Chinese space station Tiangong.

China and the USA are fighting for supremacy not only at the border between airspace and outer space, but also in outer space itself. Here, China has to catch up, but it is making surprisingly rapid progress. The People’s Republic has been running a permanent space station since the end of 2022, and two astronauts carried out their first spacewalk around the beginning of 2023. This means that mankind now operates two permanent habitable outposts in space.

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