For generations to come, national leadership in space may be defined and judged chiefly by how nations and their subnational entities advance the development of cislunar space and reap (and share) its benefits. Future space “firsts” will be cheered, and traditional by-the-numbers measurements will continue to be promoted, but topping the list of metrics for space leadership will be steady technological advancement, contributions to enduring space infrastructure, willingness to partner and share, and concerted efforts to address highest-salience global challenges.
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