The U.S. and China: What ‘Common Ground’ in Outer Space?

As the International Space Station (ISS) struggles toward “assembly complete,” and as the space shuttle program lurches towards retirement while its replacement wavers in configuration and schedule uncertainties, American space officials can be forgiven the impulse to look for miracle cures for growing U.S. space program challenges. The latest fad is to imagine all the wonderful things that might be made possible by bringing the burgeoning Chinese space program into partnership with the United States and other nations.

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