21 February 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping met representatives of space scientists and engineers who participated in the research and development of the Chang'e 4 mission at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 20 February afternoon. Xi called on science and technology workers and space engineers in China to ride on the wave of the Chang'e 4 mission to achieve the general goal of China's lunar project, make more efforts to push forward the international aerospace cause and bring more Chinese wisdom, solutions and force to the peaceful use of space and the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.
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20 February 2019
A photograph of the Moon and the Earth was taken by the camera on Longjiang 2, a microsatellite developed by students at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province. Before its publication in the leading scientific journal, the picture had been widely circulated on mainstream media worldwide, with some foreign media outlets even praising it as one of the best photos of the Moon and the Earth so far.
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18 February 2019
The People's Liberation Army has opened its Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center space launch facilities to private rocket companies in China, a major step in its efforts to implement President Xi Jinping's civil-military integration strategy. Ji Duo, the center's Party chief, told Xinhua News Agency recently that carrying out launches of privately made rockets is what a world-class space center is supposed to do, and Jiuquan is willing to put privately funded missions on its launch agenda.
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15 February 2019
Just after midnight (UTC) on 1 February 2019 LRO passed nearly overhead the Chang'e 4 landing site. From an altitude of 82 kilometers the LROC Narrow Angle Camera pixel scale was 0.85 meters (33 inches), allowing a sharper view of the lander and Yutu-2 rover. At the time the rover was 29 meters northwest of the lander, but the rover has likely moved since the image was acquired. This view has close to the smallest pixel size possible in the current LRO orbit. In the future however, LROC will continue to image the site as the lighting changes and the rover roves! On 30 January and 31 January, the LRO photographed the landing site for the first and second time respectively.
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18 February 2019
Chinarocket Co Ltd under the CASC will launch its first commercial rocket Jielong 1 (Smart Dragon 1) in the first half of 2019.
In addition, the initial testing of reusable rocket technology has been completed, said Tang Yagang, President of Chinarocket. Tang said the company is accelerating the development of reusable rocket technology, including the retrieval of rockets by vertical as well as horizontal takeoffs and landings. With trials in different technical routes, reusable rocket technology is expected to be realised in the next two to three years, Tang added.
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15 February 2019
The landing site of China's Chang'e 4 lunar probe has been named "Statio Tianhe" after the spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon last month. Together with three nearby impact craters and one hill, the name was approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Liu Jizhong, Director of the China Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), said at a joint press conference held in Beijing Friday. "Tianhe" is the Chinese word for Milky Way and "Statio" is Latin for base.
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