28 April 2017
A course about basic knowledge of rockets was offered to all the first graders at Beijing Xicheng Foreign Languages School on 26 April, just two days after China’s national Space Day. The students were taught about the origins, structure and flight theory of rockets, the history of China’s space industry, and the launching process of the Long March-7 carrier rocket, which lifted Tianzhou-1, China’s first cargo spacecraft. The teachers also instructed the students to assemble flying rocket models to gain first-hand experience of how it works.
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02 May 2017
As China’s space programme takes off, there are plans to develop the Wenchang Space Education Center into a  world class space theme park. The Education Center is close to the Wenchang Space Launch Center, where China’s first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 was launched last month. Visitors can see models of rockets, satellites and space suits as well as enjoying a VR space experience and a two-seater gyroscope simulating astronaut training.
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01 May 2017
The second Long March 5, China's own heavy-lift launch vehicle (HLLV), has arrived at southern China's Wenchang city, where it will be launched in June. The rocket was transported from its factory in Tianjin to Wenchang by sea in six days, longer than expected as a result of a sudden weather change. The rocket is scheduled to launch in June, sending the Shijian-18 communication satellite into Earth's orbit.
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21 April 2017
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and China have renewed their commitment to cooperation in bringing the benefits of space to all humankind. During an official visit to China by UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo, UNOOSA and China are reiterating their shared commitment to the peaceful exploration and use of outer space, as well as underlining the significant contributions that space activities can make to sustainable development.
While in China, Ms. Di Pippo observed from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on 20 April the launch of "Tianzhou-1", China's first cargo spacecraft, to "Tiangong-2", China's space laboratory.
She will also visit other facilities and institutions in Beijing, including astronaut training facilities, the spacecraft and satellite AIT (Assembly, Integration and Test) facilities, the test and assessment system, the application facilities of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, and the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific, along with six Vienna-based Ambassadors. Ms. Di Pippo will also participate in activities to celebrate the Space Day of China, which takes place on April 24.
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28 April 2017
On 28 April, a press conference of the State Council Information Office was conducted. The speakers were: Wang Zhaoyao, Director of China Manned Space Agency; Yang Baohua, Vice President of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation; Zhao Guangheng, Chief Designer of the Space Utilization System; Sun Jun, Deputy Director of Beijing Aerospace Control Center
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28 April 2017
China plans to conduct several manned space flights from 2019 to 2022, during which a 60-tonne space station will be assembled and built, said Wang Zhaoyao, Director of China's Manned Space Programme Office, on 28 April. "The space station program has been progressing steadily with its key technologies and plans already completed and its relevant flight products being tested," he said. "Chinese astronauts are preparing for the space station era. They are expected to stay in space for three to six months or even longer during future missions."
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