14 November 2016
"We want to study the growth rhythm and the flowering of plants in micro-gravity conditions," says Zheng Huiqiong, Chief Scientist in charge of plant research on Tiangong-2, and a researcher with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). "So far, the plants on Tiangong-2 have been growing well. Some Arabidopsis thaliana are blooming, and the rice is about 10 centimeters tall," Zheng says.
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12 November 2016
The satellite that China launched into space last year to explore dark matter - thought to be the invisible part of the cosmos - has already detected 1.6 billion particles, officials said on 12 November. Scientists will now have to analyse the information gathered to try to understand what makes some matter five times more abundant than which is visible - composed of atoms - and thought to form the greater part of the universe.
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12 November 2016
On 12 November, at 7:14 a.m., China sent into space a meteorological satellite, Yunhai-1, from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's Gobi desert. Yunhai-1 was carried by a Long March-2D rocket, the 240th mission for the Long March rocket family. Developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, the satellite will be used for observation of atmospheric, marine and space environment, disaster prevention and mitigation, and scientific experiments.
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10 November 2016
Five out of six silkworms taken aboard the Tiangong 2 space lab have spun and cocooned, said a leading scientist from China Agricultural University involved in the experiment, according to Legal Evening News.
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11 November 2016
A flying machine carrying a special "passenger" - namely a tortoise - reached an altitude of 12,000 meters on its maiden flight 10 November night in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Luan Lin, co-founder of the Kuang-Chi Group that invented the device, said her team had expected Traveller II to reach an altitude of 20,000 meters. However, problems with communication and remote control began when it reached a height of 12,000 meters over Bostan Lake in Xinjiang, and the team had to give up. Luan said the fault would not dampen the team's enthusiasm for inventing vehicles for near space travel.
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10 November 2016
China launched a pulsar test satellite at 7:42 a.m. Thursday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The satellite was carried by a Long March-11 rocket and it was the 239th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. While in orbit, the satellite will undergo tests on its detector functions and space environment adaptability.
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