18 April 2019
CNSA unveiled its plan to explore an asteroid and a comet, inviting scientists around the world to participate in the programme. The mission will involve exploring a near-Earth asteroid, named 2016HO3, and a main-belt comet, named 133P, said Liu Jizhong, director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration. China has offered to carry scientific instruments developed by other countries on the mission, according to Liu. He said the mission is still under discussion. According to the current plan, a probe will be sent to fly around asteroid 2016HO3 and then land on it to collect samples.
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18 April 2019
CNSA announced the cooperation plan for its future Chang'e 6 mission, offering to carry a total of 20 kg of solicited payloads. The orbiter and lander of the Chang'e-6 mission will each reserve 10 kg for payloads, which will be selected from both domestic colleges, universities, private enterprises and foreign scientific research institutions. As the backup of the Chang'e 5 mission, the Chang'e 6 mission will also collect lunar samples automatically for comprehensive analysis and research. Chang'e 6 launch time and landing site will depend on the performance of the Chang'e 5.
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17 April 2019
Mars Base 1 Camp, covering an area about one-fifth of an American football field, is the brainchild of a media company and officials in Gansu, a poor province in northwest China.
Officials hope the camp, about 40 km (25 miles) from the township of Jinchang, will boost tourism and allow visitors to feel as though they are on the red planet. Apart from being a tourist attraction, the camp has collaborated with the Astronauts Center of China (ACC) to eventually turn the facility into an astronaut-training center. The camp is not the only Mars-themed site in China. On the neighboring Qinghai-Tibet plateau, China unveiled its first Mars “village” in March.
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A futuristic simulation of a Chinese Mars mission has opened in the Gobi Desert
17 April 2019
C-Space Project Mars, a tourist attraction and educational Mars simulation facility opened on 17 April in Gansu province. Reuters journalists visited the site of the project, which currently occupies a plot about the size of a football field.
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15 April 2019
China is playing an increasingly important role in mankind's quest to explore the universe, even though the country still lags behind many of its international peers in a number of areas, Chinese space experts and commentators say. A short, critical review of China's status quo, capabilities and the way it wants to go was given by Yuan Qiang, a researcher with the Purple Mountain Observatory and Yang Yuguang, a research fellow with the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp.
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17 April 2019
As of 11 April, the Yutu 2 lunar rover has traversed a total of 178 meters on the Moon, Sun Zezhou, Chief Architect for the Chang'e 4 lunar probe said during a lecture at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics on that day. Some may question the speed of the lunar rover, given it landed on the far side of the Moon in January, four months ago. "Yutu 2 is not slow at all," Pang Zhihao, an expert in space exploration technology, told the Global Times on 16 April, saying that the rover prioritizes safety on the lunar surface by design and it is selecting the most research-valuable path through a rather comprehensive calculation, which takes time.
Sun also confirmed that so far, China's Mars probe programme is going smoothly, and the programme's flight hardware has entered the final assembly and testing phase. The nation's first probe will be launched by next year, Sun said. "We wish to land on Mars by 2021 in a safe and reliable fashion to conduct probe missions."
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15 April 2019
The article looks at the technical choices of Chinese NewSpace startups regarding propulsion technology and expendability/reusability, and what this reveals of their understanding of the commercial launch market. At the time of writing, we are entering the 5th year of China’s “Open Up Policy” in the space industry, which has enabled private capital to flow into space companies and triggered the emergence of a large number of startups. Among these newcomers are approximately 15 launcher-focused companies (according to our latest Space Infographics mapping), all hoping to provide satellite launching services to the world within 1-3 years.
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