China just launched the first piece of their orbital space station, and Gizmodo looks at the potential for a new space race to break out in the coming years:

Even if China manages to get a complete space station up by 2020, those 60 tons are dwarfed by the International Space Station’s 449 tons or the old 130-ton Soviet MIR. Even Skylab, the US space station launched in 1973, was 77 tons. But this is not a matter of who has the bigger space dick. Making a bigger station is just a matter of putting more money on the table, something that China has aplenty.

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