Space is a pretty "buzzy" topic online. There's always some conversation happening somewhere, but it usually revolves around a few likely suspects.
Trace Dominguez with DNews launches into this video, making obvious that there are lots of countries with space programs. While the China National Space Administration (CNSA), Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA), and NASA are the only agencies with human-spaceflight capabilities (ESA has astronauts, but they only reach the stars if they're hitching a ride on someone else's equipment), The Economist reports that "there are currently over 70 space programmes." That's a bunch of astronauts, right? Well, not exactly.
The U.S. puts a lot of money into its space program. Our budget in FY 2012 was triple that of Russia's in the following year, and they're second in spending worldwide. Astronaut training is expensive, and there's a lot that goes into building a space program before you start training astronauts. Even without astronauts though, there's plenty that a space agency can do to maintain relevance, and while you might not have heard of the three agencies that Trace touches upon, you'll certainly see that their achievements are notable.
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