Rumors are swirling about a secretive Chinese space station built deep in Argentina’s Patagonia region.
In 2012, leaders in Beijing and Buenos Aires inked a deal to build the so-called “Deep Space Station,” and the facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
While Argentina and China have said that “the ground station in the Southern Hemisphere to support the program for moon exploration and other space activities,” there is a concern among some that the Chinese facility may have a more military purpose. During the recent presidential election, the winner, Mauricio Macri, claimed that he would make public the “secret clauses” that have been rumored to have been added to the agreement.
“This agreement will allow China to count … with a ground station in the Southern Hemisphere to support the program for moon exploration and other space activities,” an Argentine embassy in Beijing said in an e-mail to the Global Times back in 2012. “On the other hand, Argentina will share the use of the facilities for the benefit of its own space program.”