The Great Asian Space Race

Live from the World Conference of Science Journalists 2015, Seoul, South Korea

Photo credit: NASA/Alan Ault

A new space race is on: the Asian space race.

On the 24th September 2014, the Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), or Mangalyaan, entered orbit around the Red Planet.

India is the first Asian nation to reach Mars, ahead of China and Japan whose attempts have so far proved unsuccessful.

And as was the case in the USA/USSR space race of years past, there are significant political and military ramifications of the Asian space programs.

Follow the debate below.


Dinsa Sachan, Science Journalist (Moderator)

Clara Moskovitz, Associate Editor, Scientific American

Pallava Bagla, Editor, New Delhi Television

Shinya Matsuura, Science Journalist