28 December 2016
Chinese President Xi Jinping has praised a group of middle school students for their efforts in satellite design and said he was pleased with their passion and bravery in scientific exploration. Xi made the remarks in a letter written to the students from Beijing's Bayi School, Xi's previous alma mater, on 24 December. A small satellite designed and developed by them was launched on 28 December. The satellite is designed to operate in orbit for 180 days.
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27 December 2016
China is planning missions to explore the far side of the Moon and to send robots to explore both lunar poles. Plans to send astronauts to the Moon are also being discussed, according to Wu Yanhua, Vice Director of the China National Space Administration. Wu told a press conference on 27 December that work on the Chang'e-5 lunar mission, scheduled to make a soft landing on the Moon and return to Earth by the end of next year, is proceeding smoothly. Asked about private capital in the space industry, Wu said commercial space projects are open to private investment, including foreign capital.
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26 December 2016
Two astronauts of the Shenzhou-11 spaceflight mission were awarded medals for their service to China's space endeavors. Jing Haipeng, 50, commander of the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, was honored with a first-class aerospace achievement medal, and Chen Dong, 38, was conferred a third-class medal and the honorary title "heroic astronaut."
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20 December 2016
President Xi Jinping on Tuesday hailed China's latest achievements made in space exploration and stressed the importance of scientific innovation in the field.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks while meeting with astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong as well as representatives involved in research and testing for the country's Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 space mission.
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22 December 2016
China launched a carbon dioxide monitoring satellite via a Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest Gobi Desert at 3:22 a.m. on 22 December. China is the third country after Japan and the United States to monitor greenhouse gases through its own satellite. The 620-kg satellite TanSat was sent into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 kilometers above the Earth and will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, said Yin Zengshan, Chief Designer of TanSat at the Chinese Academy of Sciences micro-satellite research institute.
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19 December 2016
"We have achieved a considerable progress in the field of cooperation… on the harmonization and synchronization of GLONASS and BeiDou systems. All contracts have been signed, and the work is proceeding. There are prospects, there is great interest on the part of the partners in different fields: the engines, the joint development of launch vehicles, manned space programs, conducting of experiments at the low-Earth orbit," Head of Russian Roscosmos organistation, Igor Komarov told Kommersant newspaper in an interview.
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