repost of news from 18 April 2019 - with scans of the CNSA brochure on our Facebook page

China opens Chang'e 6 mission for international payloads - Deadline for applications: 31 August
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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01 August 2019
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of NASA successful landing on the Moon, LEGO and The Harris Poll asked children in the US, UK and in China what their aspirations for the future are. While in the U.S. and the UK 11% said they would like to become an astronaut, in China 56% of the children found this an interesting occupation.
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more details on the survey on the LEGO website: https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2019/july/global-space-celebration

02 August 2019
Longjiang 2 micro sat, launched together with the data relay satellite Queqiao in May 2018 was guided for a crash landing on the Moon in a predetermined area on the far side of the Moon at 22:20 h (BJT) on 31 July. Longjiang 2 was operational for 437 days, exceeding its one-year designed lifespan.
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02 August 2019
China plans to build an extension on its FAST telescope to search an area of up to 100 light years from Earth, for planets with magnetic fields similar to ours. The plan is to lay an intensive network around the current FAST spherical surface with 5-meter caliber antenna and simplified receiving unit, to extend the effective baseline from the present 300 meters to dozens of kilometers. With this additional hardware it is hoped to support the search for extraterrestrial life.
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02 August 2019
Researchers at the Ming'antu Observing Station based in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region are building three new devices to monitor the sun - a decameter wave radio heliograph, an interplanetary scintillation telescope and an ultra-wideband solar radio dynamic spectrometer. The 130 million RMB ($18.8 million) new equipment will cover an area of about 143,333 m2 and is supposed to be finished in 2023 and go into use in 2025.
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01 August 2019
The Express Tribune, a leading Pakistan newspaper (has partnered with The International New York Times) interviewed Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry on the announcement of the planned astronaut selection. He explained the background of the agreement with China and what the objectives for Pakistan are.
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