China, UAE eye space ties after launching Mars probes

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A bit like Lost in Space but nearer.

"After China and the United Arab Emirates launched probes to Mars this summer, a possible living space for mankind, the UAE Ambassador to China said Thursday he sees great potential for cooperation, as China and the UAE have moved humanity to further levels of advancement.

"The UAE and China has grown from developing to mature economies, and in parallel the two nations are moving up to space exploration, which provides possibilities for the two to work together, Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday, at an event on Mars exploration. 

"The ambassador told the Global Times during a recent visit to the Beijing-based China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) that he had a chance to see first-hand the work and simulations for a Mars landing by China, and sees "a number of opportunities and possibilities for the UAE space agency to work with the CAST team in the future."

"China launched the Mars probe on July 23, designed to complete orbiting, landing and roving in one mission, taking the first step in its planetary exploration of the solar system, while the UAE on July 20 successfully launched its first Mars orbiter, the Hope Probe."

Liu Caiyu Source - Global Times

Originally published Saturday, 15 August 2020

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