21 April 2017
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and China have renewed their commitment to cooperation in bringing the benefits of space to all humankind. During an official visit to China by UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo, UNOOSA and China are reiterating their shared commitment to the peaceful exploration and use of outer space, as well as underlining the significant contributions that space activities can make to sustainable development.
While in China, Ms. Di Pippo observed from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on 20 April the launch of "Tianzhou-1", China's first cargo spacecraft, to "Tiangong-2", China's space laboratory.
She will also visit other facilities and institutions in Beijing, including astronaut training facilities, the spacecraft and satellite AIT (Assembly, Integration and Test) facilities, the test and assessment system, the application facilities of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, and the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific, along with six Vienna-based Ambassadors. Ms. Di Pippo will also participate in activities to celebrate the Space Day of China, which takes place on April 24.
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