Thailand is planning to build and launch its own spacecraft to orbit and explore the moon within 7 years, the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) claimed today.
Innovation Minister Anek Laothamatas revealed to the press during a press conference of “Covid-19 Vaccine For Thais” at Chulalongkorn University auditorium today, December 14, that besides Thailand’s own Covid-19 vaccination, the Thai government is going to officially announce a spacecraft project in the middle of January next year.
The spacecraft will be launched and orbit the moon in the next 7 years, according to the Minister. Thailand would be the fifth country in Asia to send its own spacecraft to the moon, after ones from China, India, Japan, and South Korea.
The project is initially planned for 7 years and may primarily be established under a fund from the Thai people. More details for funding will be announced later, he added.
Anek stated: “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.”
“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.”
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