A 21st century space race is heating up this month as both China and the United States launch missions to Mars.
China launched its Mars mission Thursday in a bid to become the second country to successfully land on the Red Planet behind only the United States.
Exactly a week later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is scheduled to launch its own Mars rover.
The timing is based on planetary orbits, and both missions have science, not defense, goals. But experts and those involved say the back-to-back launches show the great power competition between the United States and China is now playing out far above the earth’s atmosphere.
Read more at The Hill.