Space Foundation begins collaboration with Chinese astronauts

A representative from the Space Foundation has met with Chinese space industry leaders for the first time since the organizations signed an agreement to partner for space research and education.

Steve Eisenhart, Space Foundation senior vice president, traveled to China in June in order to promote a “mutually beneficial relationship” between the Colorado Springs-based organization and its Chinese counterpart, the Chinese Society of Astronautics.

The two organizations agreed in April to collaborate on space education, research, outreach and future events.

China, as an emerging market with more capital than the United States, is hoping to send a manned spacecraft to the moon, and needs American expertise in the field. Leaders in both countries hope a relationship will develop that will allow the two countries to work together on long-range space projects, similar to the joint U.S.-Russia International Space Station.