Alidar Jarok wrote:
Well, the things cost money and time to build. If we had wanted to for some reason, we could have sent the rover we sent to Mars to the Moon instead. We didn't because it would have been a waste and we wanted to send it to Mars.
Let's put it this way. Can China just whip up a Mars rover and beat us to Mars?
Well at the moment the US cannot even put a human being in low earth orbit to the ISS, whereas the Chinese are sending people into orbit and now a rover to the Moon.
By my calculations while they may not be technically ahead of the US in terms of advancements in space they sure are structurally ahead of us currently.