EventAccomplished976 t1_jc6ef0h wrote

In the 90s the russians were the only ones with actual experience flying long term missions in space, the cooperation started with them allowing NASA astronauts to visit Mir. It was an exchange, not just a goodwill gesture, that was just how the ISS was sold to the US congress.


EventAccomplished976 t1_iv4z3y8 wrote

China was launching more rockets than the US for the past four years and is getting beaten this year only due to starlink. Mass to orbit is indeed a different story since most of the currently in service chinese LVs are smaller than their western counterparts.