17 November 2016
The spacecraft Shenzhou 11, which is carrying taikonauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, separated from the orbiting Tiangong 2 space lab at 12:41 p.m. Thursday Beijing Time. The separation marks the beginning of the journey home for the two men, after having lived and worked in Tiangong 2 for 30 days, the longest stay in space by Chinese astronauts. Before the separation, the astronauts extended their thanks and respect to their ground team and to everyone who had supported China's space programme.
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16 November 2016
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong are currently on a 33-day space journey and acting as Xinhua special correspondents. On Tuesday, they talked with their copy desk on Earth for the first time.
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14 November 2016
"We want to study the growth rhythm and the flowering of plants in micro-gravity conditions," says Zheng Huiqiong, Chief Scientist in charge of plant research on Tiangong-2, and a researcher with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). "So far, the plants on Tiangong-2 have been growing well. Some Arabidopsis thaliana are blooming, and the rice is about 10 centimeters tall," Zheng says.
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12 November 2016
On 12 November, at 7:14 a.m., China sent into space a meteorological satellite, Yunhai-1, from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's Gobi desert. Yunhai-1 was carried by a Long March-2D rocket, the 240th mission for the Long March rocket family. Developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, the satellite will be used for observation of atmospheric, marine and space environment, disaster prevention and mitigation, and scientific experiments.
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12 November 2016
The satellite that China launched into space last year to explore dark matter - thought to be the invisible part of the cosmos - has already detected 1.6 billion particles, officials said on 12 November. Scientists will now have to analyse the information gathered to try to understand what makes some matter five times more abundant than which is visible - composed of atoms - and thought to form the greater part of the universe.
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11 November 2016
A flying machine carrying a special "passenger" - namely a tortoise - reached an altitude of 12,000 meters on its maiden flight 10 November night in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Luan Lin, co-founder of the Kuang-Chi Group that invented the device, said her team had expected Traveller II to reach an altitude of 20,000 meters. However, problems with communication and remote control began when it reached a height of 12,000 meters over Bostan Lake in Xinjiang, and the team had to give up. Luan said the fault would not dampen the team's enthusiasm for inventing vehicles for near space travel.
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