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NASA chief: Free world locked in moon race against China

Bill Nelson warns Beijing may try to monopolize lunar resources

NASA's next-generation moon rocket, mounted with the Orion capsule, lifts off from Florida on the unmanned Artemis 1 mission on Nov. 16, 2022.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A race for the moon's resources has begun as the world's superpowers prepare to launch rival human lunar missions, the head of the U.S. space agency warned.

For the U.S., commercial and international partnerships are the way to win the competition, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told Nikkei Asia in a recent interview. China, for its part, is exploring collaboration with Russia.

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