Space exploration is about to enter a third age where nations will cooperate to explore the solar system.
Nicolas Peter, a research fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), told the meeting in Vienna that the era of launching space missions to bolster national prestige was long past and that new opportunities for cooperation had emerged since the end of the Cold War. He predicted that an imminent third phase of space exploration could inspire nations to work together in a spirit of discovery.
Well, of course I'd like to think that China and the U.S. could mine Helium-3 on the Moon without territorial disputes . . .