It is quite obvious that the 4 countries my post is based on, are the leading countries in the Space Race. Below I have shared statistics for each of the four countries and how they are doing in the Space Race.
Now it is clear to see that Russia is a real powerhouse in the Space Race. Though they may have been unlucky in the Cold War losing to the US to land on the Moon, they have proved to show they have a great reputation in the Space industry. Despite having such a strong Space Agency, Russia has surprisingly never successfully landed a human on the Moon! This is a major disadvantage for Russia but they still deserve credit for launching a Humanoid robot into space in August. As of 2015, Russia have a total budget of £2,265,597,318.85 which is a huge boost for them.
United States of America
Well it would not be hard to explain America‘s spot in the Space Race. Being the first country to set foot on the Moon it must be up on the list of the Big Four. Being the Founder/Owner of NASA (National Aeronautics Space Agency) America has a really big step in front of its contenders. With a budget nearly 8 times more than Russia (£16,663,294,143.35) the money side of things for America is a large advantage. They have had 6 missions where they have successfully landed 13 men onto the Moon from Apollo 11 to Apollo 17. They have a bright future to come and could make discoveries which will alter our views on Space
To be honest, it is quite a surprise to see India up on this list of the Big Four. Being half Indian, I would not have thought India to be such a country. Having such a strong military and large population, India has not splashed the cash on their Space agency but have decided to use that money wisely on other factors such as: Politics, Hospitals and Schools. Despite this they are still in the top 4 of the Space Race. Having launched their first mission to send a spaceship into Space in 1980 they have quite a lot of time to adapt. They have £1,239,589,280.00 as of 2019 which is a slight put down for their Space industry. They have only begun to start proper dork on Space so as time goes by, I think they will have a great improvement.
Last but not least, we have the country with the largest population and that is ... China! With a powerful leader (Xi Jinping), and such a strong military personnel we cannot forget about the mighty China. They have sent out spaceships and probes to roam the surface of the Moon they have a chance to make New discoveries and change their place in the Space Race. Though having such a wonderful Space Agency, they are being distracted with the protests and crisis of Hong Kong which is wasting their time.
Overall, my opinion is that currently the USA are the most powerful but I believe that in years to come that India and China will become the real deal.