15 May 2022
Tianwen 1 touched down on Mars one year ago - exactly on 15 May 2021. On 22 May, the Zhurong rover drove down the ramp of the landing platform. It was designed for 3 months operation on the Martian surface. Still today, it is exploring the Red Planet.
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15 May 2022
In this episode of the Dongfang Hour News Roundup, Jean Deville is looking at several Chinese commercial launch companies which have made some progress over the past weeks. He discusses the 5 companies which are the most likely to have a shot at becoming a "Chinese SpaceX".
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14 May 2022
The integration of the Beidou satellite navigation system and China's railway industry has been accomplished, laying the foundation to promote Beidou's application in the sector, according to the China Satellite Navigation Office and State Railway Administration. In March, a comprehensive demonstration applying Beidou technologies in the sector passed experts' reviews, the administration said.
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11 May 2022
Using the short-wave infrared spectral data obtained by the Zhurong rover, researchers identified hydrated sulfate/silica materials on the Amazonian terrain at the landing site. "These hydrated minerals are associated with bright-toned rocks, interpreted to be duricrust developed locally. The lithified duricrusts suggest that formation with substantial liquid water originates by either groundwater rising or subsurface ice melting. In situ evidence for aqueous activities identified at Zhurong’s landing site indicates a more active Amazonian hydrosphere for Mars than previously thought."
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link to publication "Zhurong reveals recent aqueous activities in Utopia Planitia, Mars"

13 May 2022
The launch of the 4th SQX-1 (Shuang Quxian 1; Hyperbola 1) commercial rocket of space start-up iSpace on 13 May was not successful. Abnormal performance was identified during the flight of the rocket, which lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 15:09 BJT. The cause of the failure is under investigation, the launch centre said in a statement.
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10 May 2022
The CZ-7 Y5 rocket, carrying Tianzhou 4, took off at 1:56 BJT from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site. Around 10 min later, Tianzhou 4 separated from the rocket and entered its designated orbit. At 2:23 BJT, the solar panels of the cargo craft unfolded and started working. At 8:54 BJT, Tianzhou 4 completed a automated rendezvous and docking at the rear docking port of the Tianhe core module.
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