How many countries are actually able to travel in space?
- Only 11 state-sponsored space travel programs are active in the world today.
- Asian rocket programs are in fact among the oldest active programs in the world.
- South Korea shares the ambition to (re)land on the Moon with the United States, Russia, India, Japan, China, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
South Korea last month joined the fairly exclusive club of countries that have the ability to launch space rockets using in-house technology.
Rocket Nuri, officially named Korea Space Launch Vehicle-II, successfully lifted off from Goheung in South Korea on June 21 carrying smaller satellites as well as a 1.3 dummy ton, demonstrating the ability to load satellites above the ton bar.
According to the Korean Herald, only seven countries in the world have developed this capability. According to research by Statista, only 13 countries and the European Space Agency have historically developed space rockets.
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Only 11 of these programs are active today, including the Russian and Ukrainian programs which are the continuation of the former Soviet space program – the first to launch a rocket into Earth orbit. The European programs in the UK and France have ended and the countries of the region have been collaborating in the ESA program since 1979.
The Asian rocket programs are actually among the oldest active programs in the world, with the Chinese and Japanese programs dating back to 1970 and the Indian program to 1980.
South Korea shares the ambition to (re)land on the Moon with the United States, Russia, India, Japan, China, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
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