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China science, technology news summary — June 13

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BEIJING, June 13 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

SPACE EXPLORATION

China is making plans for the future development of its space program, including exploring asteroids and the Jovian system, collecting samples from Mars and exploring the polar region of the moon.

Around the year 2025 China plans to launch a probe to collect samples from a near-Earth asteroid and explore a comet in one mission. China also plans to launch a Mars sample-return mission and a Jovian system exploration mission sometime about 2030.

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INT’L COOPERATION

China has engaged in fruitful cooperation with the international community on the ongoing Mars exploration mission.

In the mission, named Tianwen-1, China has cooperated with international space organizations like the European Space Agency and the national space agencies of Argentina, France and Austria in the fields of monitoring support, payload carrying and scientific research.

AVIATION TECHNOLOGY REFORM

The investment in basic construction and technological reform of China’s civil aviation industry reached 108.14 billion yuan (about 16.27 billion U.S. dollars) in 2020, up 11.6 percent from that of 2019, data released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China showed.

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