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Science Emerges From Shadows of China's Space Program

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Science  07 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5574, pp. 1788-1791
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5574.1788

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BEIJING-- Over the next 5 years, China is planning to double its launch rate of scientific satellites, with at least seven now on the drawing board. The growth in basic research is a dividend from China's investment in a piloted space program. The new efforts include international collaborations such as a joint project with European scientists to study Earth's magnetosphere (see sidebar). China hopes that better ties with the U.S. program will follow.