23 April 2017
A coalition was established on 23 April in northwest China's Shaanxi Province to promote innovation and cooperation on space exploration under the the Belt and Road Initiative. The coalition, set up in the provincial capital of Xi'an, encompasses 48 universities, research institutes and academic organizations at home and abroad. It was initiated by the Chinese Society of Astronautics and Xi'an-based Northwestern Polytechnical University.
Tian Yulong, Secretary-General of China National Space Administration, said the alliance will boost exchanges on space innovation between its members and help joint training of high-caliber professionals.
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22 April 2017
The Tianzhou 1 cargo spacecraft, China's first cargo spacecraft, successfully completed automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong 2 space lab at 12:23 p.m. 22 April, according to Beijing Aerospace Control Center. It is the first docking between the spacecraft and space lab.
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21 April 2017
Can we grow human organs in space? - Stem cell research on Tianzhou 1
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Are human space babies conceivable? Tianzhou 1 experiment
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Scientists to test medicine for bone loss on Tianzhou 1
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19 April 2017
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20 April 2017
China on the evening of 20 April launched its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou 1, into space, a crucial step for the country in building a space station by approximately 2022.
Lifted by a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket, Tianzhou 1 roared into the air from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province.
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Tianzhou 1 mission's main task: testing propellant refueling technology
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Graphics of Tianzhou 1 launch sequence
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photos from the Long March 7Y2 carrier on the launch pad
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CMSA: China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1
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17 April 2017
Major celebrations of China's Space Day will start on 24 April in Xi'an, capital city of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
This year's celebrations will focus on the applications of space technology in economic and social development, said Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.
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