NASA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have engagedÂ inÂ bilateral talks over a potential collaborationÂ for a futureÂ Chinese Earth science mission, Space News reported Thursday.
Jeff Foust writes NASAâs 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 theÂ meeting aimed to negotiate scientific data exchange and to discuss Chinaâs plans to launch a new carbon monitoring mission called TanSatt.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences currently is developingÂ TanSat, a 1,102-pound satellite designed to measure carbon dioxide levels in the Earthâs 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.