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China-France 60 years on: Sino-French astronomical satellite passes flight acceptance review


The first astronomical satellite jointly developed by China and France has completed the joint flight acceptance review ahead of its launch later this year.

The Space Variable Objects Monitor, or SVOM Satellite, is designed to investigate distant cosmic explosions known as gamma-ray bursts and represents a major scientific collaboration between the two countries. The year 2024 marks 60 years since China established formal diplomatic relations with France. Wu Lei has more from Shanghai.

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