European astronauts could be hitching a lift in to space aboard Chinese rockets within a decade.
The European Space Agency typically conducts joint operations with Russia and the US when it comes to its manned space program and it may not be long before this extends to launching joint missions with China as well. The Chinese space agency is only the third to send humans in to space and there is currently no sign that they intend to slow down their efforts.
"I would welcome a European astronaut flying aboard a Chinese spaceship," said ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations Thomas Reiter. "In fact, some of our astronauts have started Chinese language training."
"European astronauts could hitch a ride into orbit aboard Chinese spacecraft before the end of the decade, a senior official at the European Space Agency said on Tuesday."
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