China’s Shenzhou 9 spacecraft docked successfully with the orbiting Tiangong 1 test module this week, ticking off another accomplishment for the country’s manned spaceflight program. Jonathan McDowell and Joan Johnson-Freese discuss the future of China’s space program, and whether a new space race is heating up.
Jonathan McDowell is an astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Joan Johnson-Freese is a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.