Raw Politics: Candidates and the space race CNN

One issue the presidential candidates are not saying much about is space exploration. But some scientists, military experts and intelligence analysts say the next president may well determine whether America keeps an edge in space.
Last year, the United States managed 16 space launches; Russia had 22; China blasted off 10.
Their space program is still behind, says Robert Zubrin, one of America’s strongest proponents for Mars travel, but it is rocketing.