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China’s space program is growing quickly. The country recently sent three Chinese astronauts, known as taikonauts, to its new space station, and hopes to eventually send them to the moon. While the U.S. is vigorously pursuing a space program of its own, it is forbidden by law to cooperate with China due to China’s human rights violations. Some see the new frontier of space as a fresh opportunity for global cooperation, while others say a space race between countries with incompatible values is inevitable. Listen to learn more about China’s space program and then debate: Should space exploration be competitive or collaborative?
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