Turkmenistan forms space agency

2011-05-31 21:26

kalahari.com

Ashgabat - The energy-rich Turkmenistan is aiming to join the ranks of space nations.

The official newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan reported on Tuesday that President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov has signed a decree authorising the creation of the National Space Agency.

Earlier this month, US space transportation company SpaceX vice president Christophe Bauer announced that his company would launch a satellite for the Central Asian nation in 2014.

The country's last brush with space came in 2005, when the Turkmens secured a slot on a Russian rocket to send a capsule containing then-President Saparmurat Niyazov's self-penned holy text into orbit. The eccentric leader died in 2006 after two decades of iron-fisted rule.

- AP
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