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What will China discover on the far side of the moon? BeeBright/Shutterstock.com

Will China’s moon landing launch a new space race?

China just became the first country to land a probe on the far side of the moon. It's a technological achievement and another sign of China's capabilities and ambitions in space.
Space debris in Earth orbit creates a dangerous obstacle course for satellites and astronauts. Dotted Yeti / Shutterstock.com

Why space debris cleanup might be a national security threat

Countries developing technology that removes or blasts away space junk may appear to be doing a public service. But those same technologies can destroy military and communications satellites.
The Telstar 1 satellite inspired a chart-topping pop tune, the iconic black-and-white hexagonal Adidas soccer ball, and maybe even a Doctor Who creature, the Mecanoids. National Physical Laboratory

Trash or treasure? A lot of space debris is junk, but some is precious heritage

Protecting culturally significant spacecraft enables people on Earth to feel connected to space as the common heritage of humanity.

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