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China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners – MalaysiaCapture

China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners




China now spends more on its civil and military space programmes than do Russia and Japan, and is second only to the United States. – EPA pic, April 18, 2019.

CHINA plans to launch an ambitious asteroid exploration mission and has invited collaborators to put their experiments on the probes, space agency officials said today.

The 10-year mission will involve a probe sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples, said Liu Jizhong, head of China’s Exploration and Space Engineering Centre.


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