05 September 2017
Several photos show China's future Mars simulation base in Hongya (Red Cliff) region of Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Qinghai Province. About 400 million yuan (61 million U.S. dollars) are expected to invest in the Mars scientific research base and eco-tourism site. The red rock area in Qaidam basin in western Qinghai has been called the most "Martian" place on Earth, with its natural features, landscape and climate all similar to those on the red planet.
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06 September 2017
“Contacts in the Asia-Pacific Region are growing at a very fast pace. The region is continuously playing a more important role. Major plans are in store for the development of the Vostochny spaceport and the region overall,” said Igor Komarov, Chief Executive Officer of Roscosmos.
“We are cooperating very closely with China in three main areas. One of them is related to rocket engines and carrier vehicles. The second one comprises everything pertaining to the orbital segment. The third area, monitoring outer space from the position of its man-made contamination, has been put together this year. Space is an environment not only for spacecraft but for human beings also. The question arises regarding hazards posed by space debris. This is a very crucial challenge. About 18,000 space objects are in outer space and just 7% of them are functioning. The other ones are space garbage weighing nearly 6,000 tonnes. This problem has to be resolved. This is a common problem,” noted Yuriy Makarov, Director, Joint Department for Strategic Planning and State Space Programs, State Space Corporation Roscosmos.
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07 September 2017
Leading space scientists from Britain and China signed a partnership agreement during the UK-China Space Workshop on 6 September in Edinburgh which aims to promote and strengthen both sides' space education and space culture activities. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, a new virtual center will be established to lead space education and space culture activities between the two countries. The center will be led by Britain's National Space Academy and a consortium of Chinese laboratories. In the areas of culture and education programs, it will be supported by the University of Nottingham.
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05 September 2017
Planners have mapped out a 400-million-Yuan (61 million U.S. dollars) development plan to turn a red rock basin in China into a Mars scientific research base and eco-tourism site. Liu Xiaoqun, from the Moon and deep-space exploration department of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said on 5 September that a planning meeting was held in Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Qinghai Province to determine the development of the Mars simulation base. "As China's only Mars science and recreation base, we hope it will focus on the scientific theme of space exploration," he said.
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05 September 2017
Representatives of Russia and China pointed out during a meeting in Russia's southwestern city of Volgograd the narrowing of the gap between positions of both countries in the cooperation in space, aviation and nuclear industries, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said. On 5 September, Rogozin met with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in Volgograd to hold intergovernmental negotiations.
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05 September 2017
India and four other BRICS nations today pledged to abide by the principle of utilising outer space for peaceful purposes: “We adhere to the principle of utilising outer space for peaceful purposes and emphasise the need to strengthen the international cooperation in space activities in order to use space technologies to respond to global climate change, environmental protection, disaster prevention and relief and other challenges faced by humankind,” the declaration said.
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