21 October 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "I grew up in a small village, and my mum and dad were farmers," Jing said. "So far I've realized my dreams one by one and mounted the steps one after another."
"There are words from the bottom of my heart: Never forget it is the training of the Party and the country which enables me to fly higher and higher. As a serviceman, I never forget the care, instruction and guidance of organizations at various levels," said the emotional astronaut.
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20 October 2017
The first satellite jointly developed by the Chinese and French space agencies, CFOSAT (China-France Oceanography Satellite), will be launched from China in the second half of 2018. The China-French Oceanic Satellite is being tested in a Beijing-based assembly testing center of the China National Space Administration. The 700-kilogram satellite will be primarily used for waves forecast and monitoring, as well as research in floating ice, polar glacier and ocean dynamics.The satellite will carry a wave-scatterometer spectrometer developed by the French space agency and a wind-measurement scatterometer by Chinese scientists. It will be sent into space by a Chinese Long March carrier rocket.
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18 October 2017
Space exploration is part of the "China Dream" promoted and driven by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
During his tenure the Chinese space programme not only grew but also diversified signifcantly.
If you would like to have a look at the achievements of the lastest five years, the following link guides you to an infographic.
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Jing Haipeng, is one of the delegates to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which starts on Wednesday, 18 October.

17 October 2017
Chinese scientists on 16 October announced the observation of the "optical counterpart" of gravitational waves coming from the merger of two binary neutron stars using the Chinese survey telescope AST3-2 in Antarctica. The gravitational waves were first discovered by the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors on 17 August. The Chinese telescope independently observed optical signals resulting from the merger the next day, according to the Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy. It was the first time humans have detected gravitational waves and the corresponding electromagnetic phenomena resulting from a binary neutron star merger.
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17 October 2017
Chinese researchers have played a significant role in opening a new era of "Multimessenger astronomy," marked by the first detection of both electromagnetic radiation and gravitational waves and light in the same cosmic collision.
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17 October 2017
"The satellite marks a transition in China's role -- from a follower in classic information technology (IT) development to one of the leaders guiding future IT achievements," said Pan Jianwei, lead scientist of QUESS and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). "Satellite-based quantum key distribution can be linked to metropolitan quantum networks where fibers are sufficient and convenient to connect numerous users within a city over 100 km. We can thus envision a space-ground integrated quantum network, enabling quantum cryptography- most likely the first commercial application of quantum information- useful at a global scale," Pan said.
The establishment of a reliable and efficient space-to-ground link for faithful quantum state transmission paves the way to global-scale quantum networks, he added.
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