Latest Asian space race Stories
China has unveiled its plans for the country's space program for the next five years, including detailed plans about space labs and manned ships.
The increasingly ambitious country is gearing up to build rockets for its budding space program with an eye towards landing astronauts on the moon.
Despite its relatively small budget, Japanâ€™s space program has courageously reached for the heavens, pioneering solar-powered galactic travel, exploring a distant asteroid and planning a robot base on the Moon.
A South Korean rocket exploded on Thursday less than three minutes after lift-off, offering another blow to the country's dreams of becoming a big player in the Asian space race.
China is planning to launch its second lunar probe next October to get ready for an unmanned moon landing by the end of 2012, state-run media reported on Friday.
South Korea's first space rocket blasted off Tuesday after a long-delayed launch, but failed to place a satellite into its designated orbit.
South Korea will launch its first space rocket from its territory on August 11, following repeated delays due to technical problems, officials reported on Saturday.
China will launch a Mars probe atop a Russian rocket later this year, according to a report by the Chinaâ€™s official Xinhua news agency on Thursday.
India is counting down the days until the launch of its first unmanned mission to the moon. The move will mark a giant catch-up step with Japan and China in the fast-developing Asian space race.
Space experts believe China has a growing confidence and capability in space; the launch of Shenzhou-VII is another reminder.
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