Wanna know why I am, and always have been, and always will be, a big proponent of the US space program? Here’s the reason. The world’s oldest civilization and largest Communist, anti-American government just went to space. And now wants to develop space. And can use what is essentially slave labor to do it on the cheap.
Sputnik was a wee bit before my time, but the old threat is the new threat, and real.