Chinese scientists are planning to launch a Mars rover "around 2020", state media reported today, as the country pours billions into its space programme and works to catch up with the US and Europe.
India will immensely benefit from the applications of the country`s second navigation satellite that was successfully placed into orbit Friday, said President Pranab Mukherjee.
The success of the Indian space programme has trickled down to society and led to direct economic and other benefits, ISRO chairman S Radhakrishnan today said.
A space programme led by a Scottish research group has received about 4 million pounds in funding to develop a drill to explore the surface of Mars.
Ethiopia unveiled Friday the first phase of a space exploration programme, which includes East Africa`s largest observatory designed to promote astronomy research in the region.
An Iranian newspaper is reporting that the Islamic Republic plans to send another monkey into space within a month.
India`s proposed Mars mission in November would boost New Delhi`s credentials to become a partner in international ventures of such kind in the future, veteran space scientist K Kasturirangan said.
China`s space-related technological developments can be used in both civilian and military sectors, said an official.
Artificial hearts, Olympics-calibre swimsuits are spinoffs from space programmes.
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