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China to launch 5 space science satellites around 2020

(People's Daily Online)    16:18, December 02, 2016


The National Space Science Center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences revealed that China will launch five satellites around 2020, Cyol.com reported on Dec. 1.

Wu Ji, director of the center, said that the launches are part of the country's 13th Five-Year Plan for space science. The five satellites include Einstein-Probe (EP), Advanced Space-borne Solar Observatory (ASO-S), Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM), Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Exploration (MIT) and Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (SMILE). The satellites will support the sustainable and healthy development of China's space science satellites series, said Wu.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences also launched a national call for space science project proposals on Dec. 1. Winners will receive funding for their projects. According to Wu, the proposals should be put forward by Chinese scientists and reflect the future of space science. Interested parties can refer to the center's official website (www.nssc.ac.cn) for more detailed information.

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