- China and Russia have agreed to jointly send a probe
to Mars and its moon, Phobos, in 2009, China News Service reported today.
- Russia will launch an explorer Phobos-Grunt carrying
a Chinese-made exploration device to conduct the task and take samples
of Phobos soil, according to a statement signed yesterday by Sun Laiyan,
chief of the China National Space Administration, and his Russian counterpart.
- The agreement is a milestone of the two country's space
cooperation, the report said.
- Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President
Vladimir Putin also signed a statement yesterday to expand economic and
humanitarian cooperation and to promote security ties to strengthen strategic