Space Quote: Russia Has Been a Good Space Partner, China Not so Much

Image (Credit): The Russian Segment of the International Space Station (ISS) (

“We built the International Space Station with the Russians. What a contrast, with the Chinese government,…They are secretive, they are non-transparent. They will not share when Earth is threatened by one of their tumbling rockets coming back in, they will not share their trajectories, so it’s a huge difference in the way we approach our civilian space program with the Russians visa vie the Chinese.”

-Statement by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson during a recent interview with the Canadian CTV ‘s  Power Play. Of course, NASA has been prohibited from coordinating with China on space issues since 2011, so it should be no surprise that the Chinese have gone their own way.