19 July 2017
China's first X-ray astronomical satellite, launched in mid June, is expected to start regular observation in November and its data will be open to scientists all over the world, say the main designers of the satellite's data system. The 2.5-tonne Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), dubbed Insight, transmitted to a ground station its first data on its second day in orbit. The data proved to be of good quality, and the telescope detected a gamma-ray burst 10 days after its launch. "We will finish calibrating all instruments within the first five months in orbit before Insight starts regular observation," said Song Liming, deputy chief designer of the HXMT science ground segment and a scientist with the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Song and his team solicited observation proposals from scientists around the country last year, and drew up a one-year observation plan after evaluating 90 proposals from six CAS institutes and 10 universities.
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19 July 2017
Robert Bigelow, famous for his inflatable space habitat and his real estates around Los Angeles is trying to push for Moon settlement. In the 1960s Wernher von Braun took some support by Walt Disney to get the Moon message accross. Today, Bigelow is using cartoons to urge the U.S. lawmakers to take up the Chinese challenge of Moon exploration - quite a creative way of addressing the audience at a NASA conference.
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18 July 2017
A delegation from China's tech giant Tencent as well as tech-support experts will be in Windhoek, Namibia to brief the country on its Earth exploration program, QQ Project X, on 21 July. Namibia was selected as one of two countries for the 2017 edition of the QQ Project X by Tencent. Earth Explorers selected to take part in the project will undertake exploration missions and share their experience on the Internet.
According to Namibia's Ministry of Information and Technology on Tuesday, the project will essentially involve 15 Chinese youth volunteers travelling to Namibia and filming the sky and broadcasting.
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10 July 2017
Four Chinese volunteers will live in a sealed, self-contained laboratory simulating a moon-like environment, for the next 200 days without any interaction with the outside world as China prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the Moon. The lab, called "Yuegong-1" or "Lunar Palace," is a 160-square-meter cabin. It is located at Beihang University, and the four volunteers follow the footsteps of another group of four who have just finished their initial stay of 60 days. The "Lunar Palace" consists of a major living space and two plant cultivation modules. The major cabin covers an area of 42 square meters, while each of the plant cabins is 3.5 meters in height and 50 to 60 square meters in area.
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10 July 2017
The world's first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), launched by China in 2016, has realized the distribution of entangled photon pairs over 1,200 kilometers. It has proved that quantum entanglement, described by Albert Einstein as a "spooky action," still exists at such a distance. As the satellite's lead scientist, Pan Jianwei has a greater goal: to test quantum entanglement between Earth and the Moon at a distance over 300,000 km, which may help research on gravity and the structure of spacetime.
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07 July 2017
After Chinese researchers demonstrated in June the transfer of entangled quantum particles to receivers on Earth, they could now even teleport particles’ properties and transmit quantum encryption keys. It is the first time that two techniques have been demonstrated in space.
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