Argentina, China ink space cooperation deal

Jul 25, 2012
China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (L) and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner shake hands after a meeting in June 2012. China plans to build an antenna for deep space observation in Argentina's southern Patagonia region, Argentina's foreign ministry announced Wednesday.

China plans to build an antenna for deep space observation in Argentina's southern Patagonia region, Argentina's foreign ministry announced Wednesday.

The agreement -- between Argentina's space agency and China's agency for the control and tracking of satellites -- also defines more general "parameters for establishing earth-based installations," and creates a basis for future cooperation, the ministry said.

It emphasized the antenna is "a project of tremendous importance," which will permit Argentina "to develop interplanetary exploration activities, to study and , to monitor and control satellites, and to acquire scientific data."

It is to be built in Neuquen province, the ministry added.

In 2003, China became the third country to use its own equipment to send a person into space.

Argentina's space program is one of the most advanced in Latin America.

The (ESA) is finishing construction of an antenna in Argentina's central-west Mendoza province, to support deep space exploration.

Explore further: Researchers use NASA and other data to look into the heart of a solar storm

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Russia and Israel sign space agreement

Mar 27, 2011

Russia and Israel on Sunday signed an agreement on cooperation on space technology and space exploration, the Russian space agency said in a statement.

Awesome map of space agencies around the world

Jun 27, 2012

When you think of space agencies around the world, what comes to mind? Probably NASA, ESA, ISRO and JAXA are the acronyms you know; then there’s the Russian Federal Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, ...

Russia To Launch Satellite For World Space Observatory

Nov 01, 2005

Russia is planning to build and put into orbit a satellite that will lay the foundation for the creation of the World Space Observatory (WSO), a project to explore deep space in the ultraviolet spectrum by 2008, a Russian ...

Recommended for you

Mysteries of space dust revealed

7 hours ago

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA's Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the origins of the ...

A guide to the 2014 Neptune opposition season

12 hours ago

Never seen Neptune? Now is a good time to try, as the outermost ice giant world reaches opposition this weekend at 14:00 Universal Time (UT) or 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, August 29th. This means that the distant ...

Informing NASA's Asteroid Initiative: A citizen forum

Aug 28, 2014

In its history, the Earth has been repeatedly struck by asteroids, large chunks of rock from space that can cause considerable damage in a collision. Can we—or should we—try to protect Earth from potentially ...

Image: Rosetta's comet looms

Aug 28, 2014

Wow! Rosetta is getting ever-closer to its target comet by the day. This navigation camera shot from Aug. 23 shows that the spacecraft is so close to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that it's difficult to ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

johngo
not rated yet Jul 25, 2012
This is great. I hope to see a international effort in Argentina and chile. It is great for the southern continent and for long term goals of exploration of space. How the president of China, Maine gets all this money is beyond me.
Vendicar_Decarian
Jul 25, 2012
This comment has been removed by a moderator.