Russia to invest $7 bn in space programmes in 2011

Russian PM Putin has said they will develop a range of new space equipment over next five years.

China launches manned space station programme

China has launched an ambitious project to construct a manned space laboratory by 2020.

Indian space programmes serve societal needs: NASA

Identifying India as a `big
partner` of the US space programme, NASA has applauded the
country`s efforts in using its space missions for "societal
needs."