09 May 2017
It has been called the 'the largest and heaviest cargo plane in the world' and now, the legendary Antonov An-225 Mriya aircraft could soon take on a new mission. The Airspace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) signed an agreement with the plane's creator, which, if approved, will allow the organization to design its own fleet that would launch commercial satellites into orbit. However, the aerospace and defense firm would 'modernize' the craft in a fashion that would provide it with heavy lifting capabilities that could be 'greater than that of the US military'. The program is working on a strategy that places a satellite on the back of an An-225 and launches it from no more than seven miles (12,000m) in the air.
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08 May 2017
Inner main-belt asteroid No. 456677 was named after Chinese aerospace scientist and the Chief Commander and Chief Designer of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Programme, Ye Peijian at a ceremony on 08 May. Ye is active in the country's lunar probe and deep space missions, and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The minor planet was discovered by a Chinese team at the Purple Mountain Observatory in east China's Nanjing on 11 September 2007.
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09 May 2017
Chinese scientists will look at ways to harvest resources on asteroids and how to use these so-called minor planets as bases for interstellar journeys, according to a senior space expert. Ye Peijian, a leading specialist in deep-space exploration at the China Academy of Space Technology, told an asteroid exploration forum in Beijing on 8 May that more than 900 asteroids fly past Earth each year and many of them have rich resources of precious metals such as platinum, rhodium and iridium. "In the near future, we will study ways to send robots or astronauts to mine suitable asteroids and transport the resources back to Earth. In the long term, we will consider using resources from asteroids to build facilities in space or to provide materials to support interstellar travel," he said.
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06 May 2017
Life is a composite of dreams. Some come true, many don’t. When Liu Yang was a child, she dreamed of becoming a bus conductor, a doctor or a teacher. Reality exceeded dreams. She became China’s first female astronaut. When Liu was in her final year of high school, her head teacher recommended her when China was recruiting for female air force pilots. The honor acknowledged her excellent academic record and good eyesight. Against fierce competition, she was admitted to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Aviation College at Changchun Aviation University.
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16 April 2017
Thirteen Hong Kong primary school students won awards in a government competition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to China on April 14.
Receiving over 3,000 submissions from December to February, the theme of the poster competition was “When I’m 20.” Children were asked to design a poster to share their thoughts of what life will be like when they enter their 20s. Space topics and traveling into space has been a often reflected feature in the kid's art works.
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05 May 2017
By the end of April, the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND), invited top lunar project officials Wu Weiren and Ye Peijian, to a expert committee meeting to discuss the next steps for lunar exploration. While the plans for Chang'e 4 and 5 are known by now, little was public about the Chang'e-6 mission. Chang'e-6 is supposed to follow Chang'e 4's landing on the far side of the Moon and would likely also target the scientifically significant South Pole-Aitken Basin.
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