A Korean Space Launch Vehicle 1 rocket, also called Naro, launches into orbit from South Korea’s Naro Space Center on Jan. 30, 2013, successfully carrying a science satellite into orbit. It marked South Korea’s third KSLV-1 rocket launch, and the booster’s first successful flight. CREDIT: Korea Aerospace Research Institute

Space Race in Asia Heating Up

by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 07 February 2013 Time: 06:00 AM ET

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.

Read more: Asian Space Race Gaining Steam | Space.com.

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