Mar 01, 2017 02:42 AM EST
After India's 104 satellite launch, China is now pressured to do more. These two Asian countries are in the race to be the third most powerful country to rule the space.
India and China are the two leading countries in Asia that are very interested in space explorations. Just last month, India has launched a spacecraft that carried 104 satellites from different countries breaking Russia's 37-satellite record. Other countries have congratulated India and China is one of them. The China National Space Administration even said that they can learn some ways from India's space management.
China is now seeing India as their Asian rival when it comes to space explorations, Quartz India reported. However, India does not think the same, officials at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said publicly. In fact, in the paper that China National Space Administration (CNSA) released last year, December, there were collaborations between the two. On the other hand, there are some Indian officials who want to beat China and vice versa.
According to CNN, India has launched 104 satellites into space using only one spacecraft. It has also successfully launched its Mangalyaan space probe into Mars in 2014, unlike China, making it first in Asia. It has set up its space program in 1962 and has since doing many types of research and launching many spacecraft with different satellites.
When it comes to spending, India's space exploration is much cheaper than China's. India's low-cost space travels are one of the things China and other countries are aiming to copy. India has also earned more money with their satellite launchings from other countries.
Like many other countries, India is looking at Mars right now; they want to launch another Mars orbiter or rover. In the first half of 2018, India is planning to release The Chandrayaan-2. The spacecraft will orbit, land and send a wheeled rover on the moon to collect lunar rock or soil. India is also planning to launch a spacecraft to Venus and the sun.
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