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Which countries are competing in the modern-day space race?

On NewsHour Weekend Saturday, Hari Sreenivasan reports from Bangalore on India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, a great point of national pride.

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The global “space race” may have ended with the Cold War, but competition remains between a variety of nations over reaching the outer limits.

In the map below you’ll see which countries have had successful orbital launches (in red) and spacecraft manufacturing trends (in teal), from 2002 to 2011.

The United States has had 191 successful launches and manufactured some 36 percent of all spacecrafts during the nine-year period.

For more on which countries remain competitive in the modern-day space race, consult Futron’s 2012 Space Competitiveness Index.

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