China & Russia challenge US space leadership


Richard Moore

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China, Russia to launch joint Mars probe mission

China and Russia are planning a joint mission to Mars that will not only return 
samples to earth but also land on one of red planet's tiny moons, a Chinese 
space scientist has said.

Ye Peijian, a leading scientist with the Chinese Research Institute of Space 
Technology, made the announcement at an ongoing forum on China's space 
technology development.

Ye said Russia will launch the spacecraft in 2009 and it will carry China-made 
survey equipment. It will collect samples on Mars and the planet's nearest moon.

Sun Laiyan, administrator of the China National Space Administration said last 
month at an international space conference that China is actively planning its 
deep space exploration over the next five years, focusing on lunar and Mars 

Source: Xinhua

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