05 November 2014
An earlier assumption on the European part of the GoTaikonauts! team that the latest Chinese lunar mission, Chang’e 5 T1, was the renamed Chang'e 4 mission was incorrect. Chang'e 4 is the back-up craft of Chang'e 3 and therefore features an identical design as Chang'e 3. What we have seen with Chang’e 5 T1 is something very different, as the Chinese part of the GoTaikonauts! team has been pointing out. The Chang'e 4 spacecraft is still sitting in a clean room and is waiting for a decision for its destination. Possible options are a repetition of the Chang'e 3 mission but it may also turn out that China will surprise the world again, like it happened occasionally before ...
More on this topic in the next issue of the GoTaikonauts! newsletter to be published end of November/beginning of December.
For further clarification, see also the explanatory infographics provided at Space.com
04 November 2014
Prototype of Mars rover draws wide attention on the 2014 China International Industry Fair (CIIF) at Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai, East China, 4 November 2014.
02 November 2014
The head of China's lunar probe program has called for a thorough analysis of data collected from the test lunar orbiter, which returned Saturday, to speed up work on Chang'e-5, the star of the 2017 lunar mission. With the test lunar orbiter landing early Saturday in north China after an eight-day flight, China joined the Soviet Union and the United States and became the third nation to realize a return mission to the Moon.
Read a short statement of Yang Mengfei, the commander-in-chief for the lunar exploration program at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, on the CAST website.
02 November 2014
China will build a global quantum communication network by 2030, said a leading Chinese quantum physicist on Sunday. [...] In 2011, China initiated a program to launch a satellite for quantum information and technology experiments in 2016, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The program is going smoothly and major technological breakthroughs have been achieved, according to Pan Jianwei, a Chinese quantum scientist and professor at the University of Science and Technology of China.