The United States Central Intelligence Agency, known as the CIA, has released a new entry in its World Factbook which catalogs the programs and achievements of space agencies around the world. Photo/Wikipedia
WASHINGTON – The United States Central Intelligence Agency, known as the CIA, has released a new entry in its World Factbook which catalogs the programs and achievements of space agencies around the world. More than 90 countries and the European Union are represented in the new Space Program section of the agency’s factbook, from Algeria to Zimbabwe.
A CIA spokesman told Space.com that, given the increasing visibility of the space program around the world, there is a need for the CIA to provide reasonable and reliable background information about a country and its space program. This information can be used by students of all ages, journalists, experts or anyone looking for more detailed information.
The new Space Program section is the first new annex added to the CIA’s World Factbook since 2021. The addition coincides with the 80th anniversary of the publication of the previous factbook.
A spokesman for the agency said the CIA Space Program annex is a “living document” that is expected to be updated weekly. However, the agency hopes to incorporate more frequent updates in the future.
“This new update is perfect for anyone looking to dive deeper into a country and its space program. The CIA wants to share what they know about the world’s space program,” wrote the Space page, Tuesday (29/8/2023).
Quoted from the CIA’s official website, cia.gov, in light of the growing interest in outer space, the Factbook has added a new Space category as well as a new Space Program annex! Among these, for countries with national space programs, information regarding the names of “Space agencies/agencies”, “Space launch sites” (if applicable), and “Overview of space programs” has generally been included.
Appendix S: The new Space Program expands country entries and provides a chronological overview of a country’s main activities, programs and achievements in the space sector as well as estimates of government spending on space. There are currently space entries for more than 90 countries, but this list will grow as more countries develop national space programs.