Nasa Chief on Visit to China

NASA may be looking into ways to cooperate with China’s space program, Al Jazeera reports:

Charles Bolden, the head of Nasa, has arrived in China for a six-day official visit during which analysts believe he may holds talks on possible co-operation with the emerging space power.

Bolden’s trip comes just two weeks after the successful launch of a second Chinese lunar probe, Chang’e-2, part of a programme that seeks to send men to the Moon by 2020.

Faced with serious budgetary constraints, the US earlier this year abandoned its Constellation programme to return Americans to the Moon as a prelude to the conquest of Mars.

In contrast, China, whose economy is booming, has invested heavily in its space programme.


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