Party’s over! Space travel turns tribalistic as nations race for glory

Alliances are forming as the US tries to fend off competition from China and Russia

07 September 2021 - 19:36 By Peter Apps

Last month, astronauts from Japan, Russia, the US and Europe held a pizza party in orbit aboard the International Space Station, celebrating the birthday of one of their number.

But the era of multinational cooperation in orbit is fast drawing to a close – replaced by a new spirit of international rivalry and “great power” competition...

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