Minister says Thailand plans to build spacecraft to orbit the moon within 7 years

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Government minister Anek Laothamatas says that within 7 years, Thailand will have built and launched a spacecraft that will orbit and explore the moon. The Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation was speaking at a press conference at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, where an update on Covid-19 vaccines was being provided to the media.

He says that, in addition to Thailand making good progress with its own Covid-19 candidate vaccine, the government will launch a space project by mid-January of next year. He adds that Thailand will be the fifth Asian country to send a craft to the moon, following in the footsteps of China, India, Japan, and South Korea. He says information on how the project will be funded is to be confirmed, adding that Thai people may be invited to contribute.

“Besides the important announcement of Covid-19 vaccine production, we also proudly announce that Thailand will be the fifth nation in Asia that will be able to build a spacecraft and send it to orbit the moon. The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation and the Thai government promise to continuously move forward for the future of our country. The project will forever change the whole perspective of Thai people that Thailand is no longer a developing country but is a country with a future, opportunity, and hope.”

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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