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Russia, Once a Space Superpower, Turns to China for Missions

By Andrew E. Kramer and Steven Lee Myers

15 Jun 2021 · 5 min read

Sixty-three years ago, the Soviet Union put the first satellite in space. Nearly four years later, it sent the first man into orbit, Yuri Gagarin. It fell behind NASA in the space race that followed, but even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia remained a reliable space power, joining with the United States to build and operate the International Space Station for the past two decades.

Now, the future of the Russian space program rests with the world’s new space power, China.

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