The US and Russia are hardly the only big names in space exploration. Right now more countries than ever are making their way to space. Trace looks at which countries are joining up to become interstellar explorers and where they're headed.

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India's First Mars Mission Launches Flawlessly on Historic Journey to the Red Planet
http://www.universetoday.com/106127/indias-first-mars-mission-launches-flawlessly-on-historic-journey-to-the-red-planet/
"India flawlessly launched its first ever mission to Mars today (Nov. 5) to begin a history making ten month long interplanetary voyage to the Red Planet that's aimed at studying the Martian atmosphere and searching for methane after achieving orbit."

Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
http://www.jaxa.jp/index_e.html
"On October 1, 2003, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) were merged into one independent administrative institution to be able to perform all their activities in the aerospace field as one organization, from basic research and development to utilization."

How can poor countries afford space programmes?
http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/11/economist-explains-0
"ON NOVEMBER 5th or at some point in the following weeks India's space organisation, ISRO, will launch a rocket carrying a small, unmanned spacecraft, the Mangalyaan ("Mars vehicle"). By the end of the month, the orbiter is set to stretch its solar wings and begin anine-month trip to Mars."

De l'Espace Pour la Terre
http://cnes.photonpro.net/cnes/ThemeVisuCS.do?SearchMode=visu_thssth_branch&sw0=267&Param0=ThssTh&selToStore=2&HistoLabel=Histoire+&visuCour=ThemePC

ISS Expedition 38/39 Mission "A Journey to Infinity"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpcYUrQ3RcU&feature=c4-overview&list=UUfMIdADo6FQayQCOkLYGhrQ
"JAXA astronaut, Koichi Wakata will embark on his second long-duration stay on the International Space Station (ISS). He will fulfill an important role as the commander of the ISS."

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