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Asian Nations Plan to be next Space Super-Powers

Asian giants Japan, China and India are engaged in a race to map lunar resources and make the moon a platform to explore planets beyond, amid a renewed burst of global space activity.

Asian giants Japan, China and India are engaged in a race to map lunar resources and make the moon a platform to explore planets beyond, amid a renewed burst of global space activity.

Japan flagged off the Asian lunar race on September 14 when it successfully launched its first lunar orbiter. China plans to launch its own probe before the end of the year, followed by India in the first half of 2008.


“We want to investigate the moon, to know more about the whole of the moon,” Keiji Tachikawa, president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, said in this southern Indian city.

JAXA, as the agency is known, will carry out more robotic missions before a landing and astronaut on the moon, said Tachikawa in a brief interview Monday.Missions to the moon and to Mars and international cooperation top the agenda of a five-day global conference in Hyderabad that brought together 2,000 space professionals, including scientists, astronomers and astronauts.


“There is a great revival of interest in exploring various planets,” said Sun Laiyan, head of the China National Space Administration. China’s Chang’e 1 lunar probe is being transported to the launch site and “if everything goes fine, will be launched by the end of the year,” said Sun, adding that China will consider a manned moon mission in the future.

India’s Chandrayaan 1 lunar probe will be launched in March or April 2008, said B.N. Suresh, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram.


Preparatory work is in “full swing” at the Sriharikota space station in southern India, where the craft is being assembled, the launch vehicle readied and antennae installed to receive data from the moon, Suresh told AFP.

Space exploration is going to go on with or without the U.S. Probably without being my guess.

The American Empire is bankrupt, monetarily, morally and our science programs are being usurped by fundamentalists in our schools in their attempt to merge Church and State.

We are going the way of the Old British Empire after WWII with our oil refineries, cars and cheap gasoline while their industries and Navy still used coal to fire them. We may end up with Iraq’s oil and possibly Iran’s, but can we compete with new Superpowers running on fusion energy fuelled by helium3 mined from the Moon’s surface?

Maybe it won’t be so bad speaking Chinese. They’re already teaching it in my daughter’s high school.

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