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Since human beings have launched the first satellite into the Low Earth Orbit in 1957 and landed on the moon in 1969, the space is no longer an object to observe, but is considered as the 4th territory of the Earth. In the present 21st century, human being is now capable of launching artificial satellites to not only the Moon, but to most of the planets included in the solar system. The human beings are also making rapid progress in the development of the space towards its practical objective of Earth Observation, Communication, and GPS.

Differing from the time of the Cold War in the 20th century when space was developed with the objective to expand the armaments, now in the 21st century, Space development is under global competition for peaceful and scientific objectives. Korea is undertaking coherent efforts to become a leader in space through intensive research and development programs.

SSR of Kyung Hee University, funded by World Class University (WCU) project, plans to train and educate the leaders in space science through competitive members and programs.

1. Present status of Korea’s Space Science Research
Since KITSAT1 in 1992, Korea has operated various space science programs such as the Science and Technology Satellite (STSAT) Series, the Korean Multi-purpose Satellite (KOMPSAT) Series, the COMS (Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite) Series and the Korean Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV). Furthermore, Korea is planning to launch its own lunar orbiter or lander in the decade of 2010. According to the mid- or long-term plan of Space Development, cultivating human resources and developing space researching programs are adopted as one of the strategic tasks. This is exactly what the Kyung Hee University WCU project is in pursuit. This achievement will offer a challenging opportunity to students majoring in WCU.
<Space Development Plan of KOREA>

2. Status of International Space Science Research
The US, Japan and European Union have been performing many space science programs with common scientific interests. Recently, China and India have successfully launched lunar research satellites joining the competition of international space development. Korea, with its ambitious objective to become a leader in space science and development, is planning an international cooperation in which the WCU project researchers are expected to play a major role.
? President Bush announced ‘A Renewed Spirit of Discovery’: Announced reopening moon and mars exploration using manned/unmanned space flight

NASA announced ‘The Vision for Space Exploration’ (2004)
NASA announced ‘NASA’s Exploration Systems Architecture Study’ (2005)
Scheduled to launch the LRO(Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) (2009)
Announced ILN(International Lunar Network) plan (2008)
Resume manned Lunar exploration and begin moon station construction. (2018~)
Launched lunar orbiter chang’e-1 (2007),
Scheduled to launch lunar lander, chang’e-2 (2012)

Return after collecting moon samples (chang-‘e 3) (2017)
Begin manned lunar exploration (2024)
Launched lunar orbiter SELENE-1 (2007),
Scheduled to launch lunar lander (2012)

Return after collecting moon samples SELENE-X (2017)
Begin manned lunar exploration (2020)
Launched lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 (2008)
Scheduled to launch lunar lander Chandrayaan-2 (2011~12)

Begin manned lunar exploration (2020)
Launched lunar orbiter SMART-1 (2003~2006)
Scheduled to load MOONLITE/England(2012) and LEO/Germany(2012) on to India’s Chandrayaan-1 Payload.
<Space Development Plans of foreign countries>