From Moon walk to space wars

A new treaty is needed to outlaw all use of force in space, with clearly delineated – and reliably enforced – consequences for violations

19th July, 2019
US space dominance being challenged. Pic: iStock

As with the Cold War-era space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, the new global space race has an important symbolic dimension. And, given the lunar landing’s role in establishing US dominance in space, the Moon is a natural starting point for many of the countries now jostling for position there.

In January, China became the first country to land an unmanned robotic spacecraft on the far side of the...

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