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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

France And China In Cooperation For A Space Mission On The Moon

Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during the state dinner held at the Elysée on Tuesday, March 25, 2019.

France and China will soon be associated with a mission on the Moon. The launch is scheduled for 2023-2024 but the agreement was signed Tuesday, March 26 at the Elysee Palace on the sidelines of the visit of President Xi Jinping.

15 kilos of French scientific material will be sent into space, the objective is to collect samples of lunar ore. Thanks to this cooperation, France will do science on the Moon, and that is a first.

"It's historic because we've never been to the moon, and it's interesting because that's what I call our niche strategy, that is, we provide instruments that are The cost is relatively low on missions that are much more expensive than we can afford. France has a real competence in planetary exploration, that's why we are with the Americans on Mars and tomorrow with the Chinese on the Moon", explains Jean-Yves Le Gall, the president of the National Center of space studies (Cnes) which is delighted by this Franco-Chinese rapprochement.

The sending of a French astronaut would be under discussion

So it's a sort of "win-win" contract with the Chinese. Especially since the cooperation does not stop there. The sending of a French astronaut on a Chinese mission would be under discussion. We think of course Thomas Pesquet.

"Thomas Pesquet, for the moment, will hopefully fly on the international space station at the end of next year, and then we will see, tempers Jean-Yves Le Gall. But I think that the more we increase our cooperation with China, the more the chances of one day flying a French astronaut on the Chinese station can be realized".

With this agreement France becomes the country of the world having the most space cooperation with China.

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