12 June 2021
During a press briefing on 12 June, Xu Hongliang, CNSA's spokesperson said at a press briefing in Beijing that China plans to carry out a NEO sample return mission combined with a main-belt comet exploration around 2025. The Mars sample return mission will be carried out by around 2030. Also, in the recent days CNSA has been cooperating with NASA and ESA regarding the Mars mission data exchange, to ensure the safety of the Tianwen 1 on-orbit satellite, said Xu. Additionally, he mentioned the international cooperation involved in the Tianwen 1 mission.
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