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ASK OCE — September 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 14


China and Russia are currently finalizing plans to collaborate on a joint mission to Mars, according to a leading Chinese space research scientist.

Ye Peijian, a scientist with the Chinese Research Institute of Space Technology, made the announcement on August 23, 2006, at a forum on Chinese space technology development. The 2009 launch will feature a Russian-launched craft equipped with Chinese survey equipment.

The objectives of the mission will be to land a spacecraft on one of the planet’s small moons and bring samples soil back to Earth.

In July, at an international space conference, Sun Laiyan, administrator of the China National Space Administration said that China will map out its deep space exploration plans over the next five years. The focus will be on lunar and Mars exploration.


In This Issue

Message from the Chief Engineer

Leadership Corner: Rickover on Doing a Job

This Week in NASA History: JFK Challenges U.S. to Reach Moon by Decade’s End

First-Person Perspective: NASA History

Reaching for the APEX at Ames

Government Brief: FAA Publishes New Commercial Space Safety Standards

Copy That: Progress in Rapid Prototyping

A View from Outside: Russia and China to Collaborate on Mars Mission

Archimedes Archive: The Turtle

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