30 March 2021
Jeff Foust reports for SpaceNews that "NASA sought congressional approval to talk with Chinese counterparts and obtain information on the orbit of China’s new Mars spacecraft, a move intended to lower the risk of a collision with other Mars orbiters." NASA got the ephemeris data from Tianwen 1 what enabled Mars conjunction analysis.
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30 March 2021
Rice seeds which traveled more than 760,000 kilometers to the Moon in November 2020 and returned to Earth after 23 days of flight aboard Chang'e 5 lunar probe were transplanted from its greenhouse breeding station to experimental field on 29 March of the National Engineering Research Center of Plant Space Breeding of South China Agricultural University (SCAU).
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28 March 2021
The first locally manufactured commercial launch vehicle in Wuhan is now undergoing final-stage testing and is ready for launch soon. Preparations have been completed on four new rockets which are awaiting orders for launch. The first of the Wuhan-manufactured launch vehicles will be codenamed Xinzhou after its birthplace in Wuhan's Xinzhou district, sources with the Kuaizhou Rocket Complex at the Wuhan National Aerospace Industrial Base told the Global Times.
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23 March 2021
Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Jean Deville of The China Aerospace Blog are reporting for SpaceWatch.Global on China's main space events of the last week. This time, the two experts focus on the latest news coming out from Changsha-based satellite company Hangsheng Satellite, Starwin's testing of Ka-band phased array antenna, and the colossal round of funding for CASICloud.
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26 March 2021
CNSA published on 26 March 2 Mars images taken by Tianwen 1's mid-resolution camera on 18 March in a distance of 11,000 km from Mars. The images show a crescent Mars with a surface texture features visible. Several mission payloads on the probe have been activated to carry out scientific tasks, as well as observe and analyze the landforms and weather conditions at the optimal landing site, according CNSA's statement.
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22 March 2021
After working through the 28th lunar day, the Chang'e 4 lunar lander and Yutu 2 rover switched to hibernation mode for the 28th lunar night. The lander was switched to dormant mode on 21 March at 02:00 BJT and the Yutu 2 rover on 20 March at 17:09 BJT. Both craft have been on the far side of the Moon for more than 800 Earth days. Since landing in January 2019, Yutu 2 travelled 682.77 m.
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