MOSCOW, February 16 – RIA Novosti. China has chosen a Russian device for its automatic station, which will fly to study the asteroid, Oleg Korablev, deputy director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RIA Novosti.
“A Russian instrument has now been selected for a Chinese mission to an asteroid,” he said.
According to him, China in this project gave foreign countries the opportunity to prepare for it in advance.
Earlier it was reported about China's plans to launch the automatic station “Zhenghe” in 2024 to study the near-Earth asteroid Kamoalev (469219) with the return to Earth of samples of its soil, as well as to study the asteroid Elst – Pizarro (7968). Science