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.
31 October 2014
According to Chinese mythology, the giant Kua Fu chased the sun in order to stop it from scorching Earth, but died of thirst before he could capture the fiery star. A Chinese space mission named after the legendary figure has met a similar demise: Starved of international support and funding, the KuaFu solar observatory has been suspended indefinitely, and project backers acknowledge that it is unlikely to be resurrected. First proposed in 2003 by scientists at Peking University, KuaFu was intended as a solar wind observatory placed at Lagrangian point L1.