The stunning success of the 15-day-long Shenzhou X mission – the
longest stay in orbit for Chinese taikonauts since China started sending
people into space in 2003 – raises the often-asked question : Why don’t
the US and China do something together in space?
A panel of space experts convened at the Stimson Center in
Washington recently concluded that cooperative missions between the two
countries could be done without jeopardizing national security or giving
away state secrets, and it might help to ease tensions between the two
nations. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy called space an area
where countries could cooperate. So what’s the hold up?
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