China and Russia Look to Space Cooperation

Russian space delegation attends an international aerospace salon recently in China. The Chinese are advancing their space technologies to launch interplanetary probes and more lunar missions. The Chinese are also planning to launch their own space station and human missions in the early part of this decade. The level of international participation by nations with the Chinese has yet to materialize in human space missions. The Russians are planning a joint Mars mission with the Chinese commencing next year. The video features a visit by the first Chinese taikonaut, (yuhangyuan), to orbit Earth Yang Liwei meeting with Russian aerospace representatives, more from Parabolic Arc).

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden recently visited the Chinese space facilities but little more than conversation and transparency has been demonstrated. No international spaceflight plans were planned in the largely diplomatic mission. Some see the visit as a missed opportunity.


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