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Global Trend for Space Development
|Pyongyang, April 6 (KCNA) -- Several countries have become more brisk in their moves to develop and use the outer space since the outset of 2012.
On Feb. 6, China opened to public a video footage of the moon that has 7m-resolving capability, taken by the lunar satellite "Change 2".
The State Administration of Science and Technology for National Defence of China said no country has ever made public a video footage of the moon that has 7m-resolving capability and contains its whole surface.
With a plan to launch 21 rockets with 30 satellites atop this year, China has already succeeded in launching four of them.
China set higher goals such as launching and operating its own space station and blasting off a satellite to prospect Mars till 2020 and has made positive efforts to put them into practice.
Russia announced an 18-year plan for developing space at the beginning of this year and has stepped up the work for development and use of the space.
It envisages a manned flight to the moon and landing on it as well as a long-term research.
It also contemplates operating a research center on Mars and manufacturing a transport spaceship that can be used several times to increase the efficiency of the international space station.
Russia has pressed ahead with the work to increase its satellites on the orbit and decrease the danger of meteorites and comet likely to affect the earth.
Iran succeeded in putting satellite Navid into its planned orbit in February this year in the wake of the successful launch of its first satellite in June of 2011. It is said that the weight of Navid is over treble that of the first one.
Vietnam, Venezuela, India, Nigeria, Argentina, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Turkey, Poland and many other countries have shaped aggressive space policies and development plans to suit their actual conditions and foundations and set about conquering space. Cooperation and assistance are being boosted among them.
Some countries in the world are taking bold approaches towards establishing and reinforcing their own global position systems, independent on the U.S. GPS.
China that planned to complete the global position system "Beidou" till 2020 is set to operate the system late this year.
Russia is also mulling reinforcing its own global position system "Glonas".
It successfully blasted off space vehicles needed to establish the system late last year, making it possible to send position signals nonstop throughout the globe.
Russia aims at making "Glonas" superior to GPS. It is assertion of Russia that "Glonas" should not be inferior to GPS in all indexes but should be better than the latter.
The European Union invested a huge amount of fund in research and development of satellite flight in an effort to build infrastructure for the Galileo global position system and improve the service for flight.
It is said that the system is likely to go fully operational by 2018 and compete with the GPS and "Glonas".
The facts go to prove that the global space science and technology have made rapid progress and it has become a trend in the 21st century to develop the outer space, common wealth of mankind, for peaceful purposes.
The international community's approach towards peaceful development and use of the space will get more brisk and multi-polar.
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