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A Joint Mission to Mars August 23, 2006

Posted by ionicflux in News, Science.
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China and Russia are planning a joint mission to Mars that will bring back samples to earth and land on one of the red planet’s tiny moons, state media quoted a Chinese scientist as saying Wednesday.
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Ye Peijian, of the Chinese Research Institute of Space Technology, made the announcement at a forum on the nation’s space technology development, Xinhua news agency said.

Ye said Russia will launch the spacecraft in 2009 and it will carry China-made survey equipment. The mission will collect samples on Mars and the planet’s nearest moon, according to Xinhua. (more)

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