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China signs UN agreement, opens space station to other countries

Staff writer ▼ | June 18, 2016
China has signed an agreement with the United Nations to open its future space station to spacecraft, science experiments and even astronauts from countries around the world.
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The agreement was laid out by Ms Wu Ping, Deputy of China's Manned Space Agency (CMSA), in a presentation at the UN’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) annual session in Vienna.

The move is aimed at boosting international cooperation in space and spreading the benefits of on-orbit research and opportunities provided by the Chinese Space Station, the core module of which will launch in 2018.

“This is an exciting opportunity to further build the space capacity of developing countries and increase understanding of the benefits space can bring to humankind, including for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Simonetta Di Pippo.