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France, China to cooperate on Moon mission

March 29, 2019 1:01 P.M. (Updated: March 31, 2019 9:40 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- France and China signed an agreement on future space cooperation between the two nations, during the past week, in the presence of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and the French President Emmanuel Macron.

The agreement was signed by the French space agency CNES and the China National Space Administration (CNSA.)

According to Air & Cosmo International, in the domain of exploration, China will fly French experiments on its Chang’e 6 mission to return samples from the Moon in 2023-2024.

"With regard to climate action, the two agencies have started work on their next joint Earth-observation mission, focused on ocean salinity and soil moisture. At the same time, the two nations are pursuing the roll-out of the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) to deliver satellite data in support of tackling climate change and its impacts."

The site added that the agreement represents the next phase in space cooperation between Paris and Beijing. It follows the successful launch of the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat) by a Chinese Long March 2C launch vehicle from the Jiuquan launch base in Inner Mongolia in October 2018. CFOSat is designed to observe ocean-atmosphere exchanges, particularly between winds and waves, which play a key role in the climate system.
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