Argus Skyhawk wrote:
Falling behind? Until China lands a person on the moon, I won't consider them to have caught up with where we were four and a half decades ago. In the mean time, I think it's neat that more countries (and even private companies) are getting into the spaceflight business.
Lots of observers felt that Russia far surpassed the heady days of landing a man on the Moon, with regular, numerous, reliable launches to a near permanent manned space station: Mir back in the 80s. The Moon is great, but simply the idea that we have permanent people in orbit above us at all times these days would have amazed me in the 70s when I was a kid.
The SLS may keep us neck and neck with other countries, but it's the private space industry that is the real driving force these days.