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China and US coordinate security for Mars missions

Beijing, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) China'S Space Administration confirmed on Wednesday that it has been in contact with its US counterpart since January to prevent risks of collisions between their respective spacecraft to Mars.

According to the Chinese institution, high-level meetings were held to exchange important data in order to guarantee the safety of both missions.

Some analysts see in this move the possibility that the two powers may develop cooperation projects in space matters and even welcome US requests to use the Chinese spherical radio telescope, known as the Eye of the Sky, which is the largest in the world, with an aperture of 500 meters.

However, others recall that communications are restricted by a US amendment signed more than a decade ago.