23 November 2016
So what did China's space capsule Shenzhou XI carry during its return journey to the Earth? Well, the items included crop and herb seeds, biological samples used in the medical experiment conducted aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, as well as experiment equipment designed by middle school students from Hong Kong. Souvenirs from different regions across the country were also part of the items.
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23 November 2016
China successfully launched the Tianlian I-04 satellite on 22 November from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite was launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket at 11:24 p.m. Beijing time.
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22 November 2016
The Shenzhou XI menu was really mouth-watering, totaling more than 100 individual Chinese dishes. The daily menu was rotated every five days. Crew mates Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong both greatly enjoy drinking tea, so they given green and black teabags to make the brew themselves. Jing, who was on his third space mission, even sampled cheesecake at his on-board 50th birthday celebration last month.
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22 November 2016
Astrophysicist Zhang Shuangnan is in charge of two important projects: a probe on Tiangong II, China's latest space lab, to detect the polarization of bursts of gamma rays; and a space telescope, the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, which is scheduled for launch soon. The discovery of a special type of "violent-tempered" black hole in the Milky Way owes a huge debt to medical science, but it was Zhang who made thecross-disciplinary discovery. He undertook post-doctoral research in the United States, and studied the process by which medical images are obtained. Later, when he worked for NASA in 1992, he used medical imaging software to deal with astronomical observation data.
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19 November 2016
Astronauts on Chinese space station Tiangong-2 greet ESA and Thomas Pesquet. This video was recorded inside the Chinese space station Tiangong-2 by astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong. The duo landed safely on Earth on 18 November after spending a month orbiting Earth.
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19 November 2016
Samples from space material and plant growth experiments carried out on China's space lab Tiangong-2 are in good condition and have been delivered to scientists for further research, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on 19 November 2016. The material and plant samples were retrieved after the successful landing of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft's reentry module on 18 November.
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