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December 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015 / Vol 33, No 52 – Vol 34, No 1 / Hawai`i Island, USA

24 Dec 2014, 20:11 UTC
December 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015 / Vol 33, No 52 – Vol 34, No 1 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Himalaya Neighbors India and China Advance into 2015 with Clear Goals toward Moon, Mars and Beyond

India is currently operating MOM ‘Mangalyaan’ orbiter at Mars and will progress in its development / testing of GSLV Mark III rocket, crew module CARE for future human Moon, Mars and deep space missions, and Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission. ISRO will hold the 102nd Indian Science Congress themed Science and Technology for Human Development on January 3-7 in Mumbai. Space topics will cover GSLV, IRNSS, SKA, TMT and ASTROSAT. The 2nd International Space Conference 2015, held in Noida Jan 8-9, will include talks on touring the inner solar system using launch energy of PSLV-XL, space / Mars settlement, space debris, space education in India, and interplanetary missions. China maintains operations of the Chang’e-3 lander and Yutu rover at Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium on the surface of the Moon more than 1 year after landing, collects science and technology data from Tiangong-1 ‘Heavenly Palace’ in LEO, and communicates with / tracks Chang’e-2 orbiter now more than 100M km from Earth. Under construction, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan, which may become known as China Moon Port, will be 4th and southernmost China launch facility at ...

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