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

Maya Taylor



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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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    Alte Ledertasche

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:34 am

    It is 1st April already ?

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:41 am

    It will be piloted by coconut picking monkeys.

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      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:54 am

      LMAO, good one.

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      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      And launched from a Chinese Submarine, assisted by a fleet of useless A340’s. .

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    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Moon madness?
    Possibly better things to spend money on?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Agreed, Geoff.

      Unbelievable that Thailand would waste money even considering how to waste money on this sort of activity, even if “information on how the project will be funded is to be confirmed”.

      Sometimes some people in positions of authority evidently just have too much time on their hands.

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    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Joseph Gobbels minister of propogander would have loved to have had that man on his team I wonder how many good Thai citizens will be contribuuting.

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    Malc Thai

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Tuk tuk in space!

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    Bobby B

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    This country sure has it’s priorities right ?

    I love this country but I would never take a vaccine developed in Thailand or step on a spaceship made here, you’ll never know where it would take you, to heaven or to space.

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Yes and a ferang is bound to be charged twice the space ticket price as a Thai.

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        Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:33 am

        Twice if you’re very lucky, 10 times that of a Thai is the going rate for farrangs or 1000% is nearer the truth!

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Now, we are getting our priorities right. NOT.

    What idiocy. It’s all about “mine is bigger”. When will this culture learn that fancy gilding and shiny things are not in the best interest of a nation that is as undeveloped as this one is?

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    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    The definition of pie in the sky

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    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:41 pm


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    Robert Elliot

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Why is Thailand so preoccupied with spending taxpayers money to try to make the world believe they are a wealthy nation.

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    Roger C

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Don’t fret. It will never happen.

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    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    They will use it to safely quarantine all the dirty farangs on the moon 😀

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    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:54 am

    correct- not gonna happen or even come close to happening. As a lot of these grand and minor schemes being proposed daily aren’t gonna happen

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    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Maybe better to spend that money on the horrible infrastructure, education system among many many other things that is by far more importent then going, sorry trying to go to the moon. Thailand, land if endless stupidity.

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