21 January 2016
Scientists have begun calibrating China's first dark matter probe, dubbed "Wukong" - Monkey King, in order to produce more accurate data, more than a month after the detector started to search for signals of the invisible material. Chang Jin, DAMPE chief scientist and vice director of the Purple Mountain Observatory, said Wukong has already collected more than 100 million high energy particles, including protons, alpha and cosmic-ray particles and nuclides. Scientists will look for high-energy electrons and gamma rays among them, which could be residue of dark matter's annihilation or decay.
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27 January 2016
Australia's leading space analyst Morris Jones is looking ahead of 2016 to give an outlook on the expected launch of Tiangong 2 and sheds some light on speculations for a Tiangong 3 module.
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26 January 2016
Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits rocketry expert Ren Xinmin, who is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing, China, Jan. 26, 2016. On behalf of President Xi Jinping and the CPC Central Committee, Liu extended New Year's greetings to scientists ahead of China's Lunar New Year, which begins on 8 February this year.
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21 January 2016
The International Conference on Remote Sensing concluded in Saudi Arabia's Riyadh on 20 January and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), which sponsored the event, announced plans to launch a new satellite in cooperation with China which will upgrade its remote sensing facilities and services in the Kingdom.
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25 January 2016
"Updates on China's lunar missions" by Emily Lakdawalla on her blog with "The Planetary Society" and "China invites public on-board its robotic missions; and how to download Chang'e data" by Quanzhi Ye as a guest blog on the same website.
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18 January 2016
China is pushing the throttle forward in its 2016 space exploits, an agenda that includes a piloted space mission and the maiden flights of two new boosters.
The Tiangong 2 space laboratory is to be orbited in the first half of the year to test life support and space rendezvous technologies for the country’s future space station. The Shenzhou 11 piloted spacecraft is to follow, launched by a Long March 2F booster with the crew to rendezvous and latch up with the space laboratory.
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