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Space News: NASA, China in Talks Over Earth Science Mission

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space-engineeringNASA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have engaged in bilateral talks over a potential collaboration for a future Chinese Earth science mission, Space News reported Thursday.

Jeff Foust writes NASA’s Earth science division head Michael Freilich met with Chinese officials in July to discuss research coordination between the U.S. and China.

NASA spokesman Steve Cole told Space News the meeting aimed to negotiate scientific data exchange and to discuss China’s plans to launch a new carbon monitoring mission called TanSatt.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences currently is developing TanSat, a 1,102-pound satellite designed to measure carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere and scheduled for launch aboard a Long March 2D rocket in late 2016, Space News reports.

Foust writes NASA also plans to enter into cooperation with China in the aviation research area.

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