In this photo provided by Nasa, Earth and its moon are seen from the Orion spacecraft on November 28, when it reaches its maximum distance, some 432,000km away, from Earth, during the Artemis I moon mission. Orion has travelled farther than any other spacecraft built for humans. Photo: Handout via AFP
In this photo provided by Nasa, Earth and its moon are seen from the Orion spacecraft on November 28, when it reaches its maximum distance, some 432,000km away, from Earth, during the Artemis I moon mission. Orion has travelled farther than any other spacecraft built for humans. Photo: Handout via AFP
Philip J. Cunningham
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Philip J. Cunningham

Artemis, Tiangong successes in US-China space race leave Russia eating cosmic dust

  • The US and China have revived the space race as Nasa has started its return to the moon and China’s Tiangong space station is complete and operational
  • Russia, meanwhile, has seen its role diminished and could fall further out of favour as public and private options surpass Russian rockets

In this photo provided by Nasa, Earth and its moon are seen from the Orion spacecraft on November 28, when it reaches its maximum distance, some 432,000km away, from Earth, during the Artemis I moon mission. Orion has travelled farther than any other spacecraft built for humans. Photo: Handout via AFP
In this photo provided by Nasa, Earth and its moon are seen from the Orion spacecraft on November 28, when it reaches its maximum distance, some 432,000km away, from Earth, during the Artemis I moon mission. Orion has travelled farther than any other spacecraft built for humans. Photo: Handout via AFP
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