Charles Bolden’s announcement may be a sign that America’s dominance in space exploration may be coming to an end.

No country can go it alone into space in today’s harsh economic climate, the head of Nasa has admitted, in what may be seen as a tacit admission that America’s era of dominance is over.

Charles Bolden was speaking on the opening day of the 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the biggest annual gathering of the international space community, which has come to Africa for the first time.

In a further sign of global democratisation, the Nasa administrator shared a panel with the heads of the European, Indian, Japanese and Russian space agencies. The most notable absentee was China. Guardian

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