Space race in Asia heating up
The United States and the Soviet Union pushed each other to new heights during the Cold War space race, and now something similar appears to be unfolding across Asia.
In the past two months, both North Korea and South Korea successfully launched satellites to orbit for the first time, and Iran claimed it sent a monkey to suborbital space and retrieved the animal unharmed. Such activities are not isolated incidents, but rather highlight a growing trend, experts say.
“I think there’s a significant Asian space race going on,” said Joan Johnson-Freese, professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
North Korea’s satellite launch came on Dec. 12, while rival and neighbor South Korea celebrated a similar milestone on Jan. 30. Iran announced the success of its monkey mission on Jan. 28, though some observers have voiced doubts about the claim, which has yet to be verified by Western intelligence officials.
The United States and other nations have condemned the North Korean and Iranian launches, viewing them as thinly disguised tests of ballistic missile technology that both countries are supposed to be prohibited from developing.
“I think there’s a significant Asian space race going on,”
you think correctly..the whole world is getting back on it..just send one human 500kms up and then return alive and i will be impressed..not to much to ask for is it? :D