06 April 2016
China put into space a retrievable scientific research satellite in the early hours of Wednesday in a fresh bid to aid scientists back on Earth in studying microgravity and space life science. In a cloud of brown smoke, the satellite, SJ-10, roared into the air on the back of a Long March 2-D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's Gobi desert. While in space, the bullet-shaped probe will house 19 experiments involving microgravity fluid physics, microgravity combustion, space material, space radiation effect, microgravity biological effect and space bio-technology, before coming back to Earth with results. On-board experiments were selected from a pool of over 200 applicants.
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07 April 2016

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05 April 2016
Containers of highly pressurised crude oil will be launched into space from China on 6 April on board the SJ-10 satellite to help improve our knowledge of oil reservoirs buried kilometres underground. The Soret Coefficient in Crude Oil experiment will measure how hydrocarbon molecules redistribute when the temperature is not uniform. Learning how complex liquids behave is of interest to the petroleum industry and academia, who can apply the data to model real-life conditions of oil reservoirs deep underground. These measurements can only be performed in weightlessness.
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04 April 2016
Ye Peijian, Chief Designer of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Programme, is answering questions by Andrew Jones of gbtimes about China's intentions for Moon, Mars and beyond. A very interesting read!
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30 March 2016
A Long March-3A carrier rocket carrying the 22nd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) lifted-off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, southwest China's Sichuan Province on 30 March 2016 at 4:11 a.m. China launched a satellite to support its global navigation and positioning network. It is the 22nd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).
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more details on the launch on the website of
"Spaceflight Insider"

01 April 2016
ESA's Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner, together with ESA's Head for International Relations and other colleagues, visited Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) on 1 April. Wörner met with representatives of the university and Chinese space organisations, visited the "Lunar Palace" simulation habitat and gave a presentation to the more than 200 students and academics at Beihang.
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22 March 2016
The State Council of the People's Republic of China approved establishing 24 April as China Astronautics Day in a response to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense. The day will be celebrated annually starting this year, and the celebration details and other issues will be decided by the two departments and other related agencies, according to the State Council.
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