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Not Only NASA: 8 National Space Programs

As India launched its first spacecraft today in a bid to become the fourth national space agency to reach Mars, we went exploring other space programs around the world.

Obviously, there's the big kahunas — NASA and Roscosmos and the European Space Agency — and some surprisingly smaller national programs. There are also others we haven't included here, though we've reported in the past about China's first female Taikonaut and Italy's delicious vac-packed space risotto.

But first, take a tour on our world map of outer space fun, photos and GIFs. Takeoff in 10 ... 9 ... 8 ... 7 ...

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"Welcome To Our Hell..." Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Speaks

In a rare in-depth interview, Ukraine's top diplomat didn't hold back as he discussed NATO, E.U. candidacy, and the future of the war with Russia. He also reserves a special 'thank you' for Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Ukraine attends the summit of foreign ministers of the G7 group of leading democratic economic powers.

Oleg Bazar

KYIV — This is the first major interview Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba has given. He spoke to the Ukrainian publication Livy Bereg about NATO, international assistance and confrontation with Russia — on the frontline and in the offices of the European Parliament.

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At 41, Kuleba is the youngest ever foreign minister of Ukraine. He is the former head of the Commission for Coordination of Euro-Atlantic Integration and initiated Ukraine's accession to the European Green Deal. The young but influential pro-European politician is now playing a complicated political game in order to attract as many foreign partners as possible to support Ukraine not only in the war, but also when the war ends.

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