09 October 2019
China's first polar observation satellite, the BNU-1, has successfully obtained data on polar regions, according to the satellite's chief scientist. After nearly one month of in-orbit testing, the satellite is working normally and conducting full-coverage observation of the Antarctic and the Arctic every day, Cheng Xiao, the Chief Scientist, said at the China Symposium on Polar Science 2019. Cheng said the satellite data connection system launched on 08 October allows scientists around the world to obtain polar observation data acquire by the satellite. Registered users can also propose new observation requirements. The satellite continuously monitored a gigantic iceberg breaking away from the Amery Ice Shelf in east Antarctica in September, helping limit its impact on submerged buoys and investigation ships in the surrounding area.
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09 October 2019
South Africa on 09 October moved closer to establishing the world's largest radio telescope observatory, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Observatory, as the national parliament ratified the convention for its creation. The parliament's Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology approved the convention signed by officials in Rome this year to create the inter-governmental governing body for the SKA. South Africa is a founding member of the SKA Observatory by signing the convention in March, along with six other countries, including China, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Britain.
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06 October 2019
The Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde on 7 October disclosed that Ethiopia's first-ever satellite will be launched into space in December this year with support from the Chinese government: "The first Ethiopian satellite will be launched in December this year from a center in China," said Zewde, while addressing the new parliamentary session of the Ethiopian House of People's Representatives (HoPR) and the House of Federation (HoF), which was opened in a joint meeting on 7 October.
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05 October 2019
Leading up to its World Space Week activities, the Space Foundation participated in the 2019 Future Space Scholars Meet International Final, held this week in Beijing, China. Space Foundation Vice President - Education, Bryan DeBates was in Beijing for the competition where teams of high school-age students from around the world competed to design a futurist space settlement on the Moon.
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06 October 2019
After the discovery of the repetitive fast radio burst, code-named FRB121102, researchers at FAST continued over the following months to closely monitor the signals. Scientists are not sure yet what kind of celestial body the radio burst comes from, nor are they able to determine its distance from Earth. 
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05 October 2019
The Gaofen 10 observation satellite was launched on 4 October 2019 at 18:51 UTC aboard a Long March-4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre and entered the planned orbit successfully. As part of the China's high-definition Earth observation project, the microwave remote sensing satellite is capable of providing photographs with a resolution of less than 1 m. Gaofen 10, built by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, will be used in land survey, urban planning, road network design, crop yield estimate, as well as disaster relief. It can also serve key national strategies such as the Belt and Road Initiative.
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