While NASA is busy trying to figure out which programs it will have to delay or kill if federal spending is sequestered, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced, today, that its next orbital manned mission, Shenzhou-10, will launch between June and August this year.
Addressing the joint session of the Upper and Lower House of the Indian Parliament at the start of the budget session on Feb. 20, India's President Pranab Mukherjee told the parliamentarians "several space missions are planned for 2013, including India's first mission to Mars and the launch of our first navigational satellite."
Some events of the past week illustrate what is becoming the "new normal" for China, but sadly, NOT for most of the rest of the world. Sunday saw China's second west-to-east gas pipeline, the world's longest line, became fully operational, and four new subway lines opened for travel in Beijing.
The world’s longest high-speed rail route was inaugurated on Wednesday, as the first bullet train linking China's capital with Guangzhou, left Beijing on Wednesday morning. The distance of 2,298 km is equivalent to a trip from Washington, DC, to Houston, Texas. The travel time of 22-hours on the existing lines will now be reduced to about 8 hours.
While the media focuses upon Russian President Vladimir Putin's signing of a bill regarding U.S. adoptions of Russian children, Putin’s schedule over recent days reflects his focus upon more serious strategic matters, such as strengthening Russia’s alliances with India.
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