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    China Hopes for Cooperation With Russia on Construction of Space Station

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    China hopes to deepen cooperation with Russia in the sphere of space exploration, particularly on construction of the Chinese space station, Wu Ping, deputy director of China's manned space engineering office, said on Sunday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – China is going to launch the core module of its space station in 2018. The station is expected to be completely ready for work in 2022.

    “Since the start of the Chinese manned space program, we launched more than 20 cooperation projects with the Russian space agency and achieved constructive results. In future, during construction of the space station we hope for deepening cooperation and exchanges with Russia in the sphere of choosing and training cosmonauts, conducting scientific experiments and others,” Wu Ping said at a press conference dedicated to the forthcoming launch of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft.

    China is actively developing its space program launching a number of scientific missions including sending the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover to the Moon in 2013, that became the first rover landed on the Earth’s satellite since mid-1970s.

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