At the same time, Bill Nelson noted that the United States supports partnerships with Russia.
The United States is leading a space race with China but maintains a partnership with Russia. This was stated on Wednesday by the head of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bill Nelson, during a conversation organized by The Washington Post newspaper.
According to him, cooperation in space with the USSR, and then with Russia, began with the Soyuz – Apollo program in 1975, although the two countries were at that time in a state of the cold war. “Until today, we have maintained this cooperation,” Nelson said.
He recalled the latest launch of the Russian multipurpose laboratory module “Science” to the International Space Station (ISS). “In fact, this morning they launched one more important component of the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, which will be docked with this huge space station,” the NASA director noted. “They continue to be our partners and together with us support the work of this space station, conduct experiments,” he added.
“Look at the contrast with China,” Nelson said. According to him, “China’s space program is also a military space program.” “I think that we are in a state of a space race with China. They are aggressive, they are good [at this], but I would like them to do what the Soviet Union once did in terms of a civilian space program, I would like them to cooperate [with the United States] and be transparent,” the head of NASA added.