WASHINGTON – NASA chief Bill Nelson warned that Moscow and Beijing may announce plans for their cooperation in space on Wednesday during the GLEX-2021 conference, noting that Washington should closely monitor this and not allow it to lag behind competitors.
“Tomorrow afternoon at this global conference, the plans of Russia and China (for cooperation in space) will be announced. It is interesting to follow this because no matter how we cooperate, it will be important for us to deliver the first woman and the first non – white person to the surface of the Moon before our competitors do,” Nelson said, speaking to senators in the US Congress. The hearing focuses on NASA’s funding for the upcoming fiscal year.
Nelson recently became the head of the US Space Agency, but previously worked on space issues as a senator. He said that the United States should closely monitor what the joint plans of Russia and China are, and reminded congressmen of the latest achievements and plans of Beijing in relation to the exploration of the Moon.