28 November 2016
Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei said that he had heard a mysterious knock during his flight in space, China Central Television reported. Yang said he was very nervous when he heard the sound, and moved close to the porthole to try to find out the cause. However, nothing out of the ordinary appeared both inside and outside. After returning to Earth, he told technicians about the mysterious sound, and tried to imitate it with some instruments, so as to solve the mystery. But Yang said he had never heard the exact sound again. The sound has also been heard by Shenzhou 6 and Shenzhou 7 astronauts. Yang said, "Before entering space, I have told them that the sound is a normal phenomenon, so there is no need to worry."
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28 November 2016
Bloomberg news service reports that the Chinese government is willing to raise investment into space science from 4.7 billion yuan ($695 million) between 2011 to 2015, to 15.6 billion yuan ($2.3 billion). This is still less than NASA's $5.6 billion budget, but it shows that China is getting serious about its space programme. With this investment, China might be able to land on the Moon by 2036, and might be able to set course for a manned mission to Mars.
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29 November 2016
Jiayuguan was once the tangible edge of Chinese civilisation - where the Great Wall ends and the desolation of the Gobi Desert begins. Now, four hours beyond those limits in a locked-down location along the Ruoshui River, China has built a gateway to the new final frontier. Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre is the nation’s pre-eminent “space city” - one of only three places where humans are blasted into the cosmos.
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17 November 2016
Chinese astronauts (taikonauts) Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong are back on Earth. They've just finished a month-long mission to China's new space station, the Tiangong-2, doubling their countries' record for time in space. Observing from Taipei, Taiwan, amateur astronomer Hanjie Tan photographed their departure from the space station on Nov. 17th: "This picture shows the taikonauts leaving the Tiangong-2 onboard their Shenzhou-11 spacecraft," says Tan. "They had just separated at the time I took this 20 second exposure."
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26 November 2016
Fu Zhiheng, Vice-President of Great Wall Industry, said on the sidelines of the Symposium on Space International Cooperation Promoting Economic and Social Development of Developing Country that Chinese satellites have become popular among developing countries for two reasons: First, they are as reliable as Western models; and second, Great Wall Industry is able to provide solution packages to developing countries covering design, launch, operation and training.
"In addition to traditional clients, we pay great attention to finding new customers. For instance, we are striving to tap the space market in the Middle East that is dominated by the United States and European firms," Fu said. "What I can tell you now is that we have made substantial progress in this region."
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23 November 2016
So what did China's space capsule Shenzhou XI carry during its return journey to the Earth? Well, the items included crop and herb seeds, biological samples used in the medical experiment conducted aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, as well as experiment equipment designed by middle school students from Hong Kong. Souvenirs from different regions across the country were also part of the items.
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