28 January 2019
Hong Kong Polytechnic University made two critical contributions to the Chang'e 4 lunar landing. The researchers at PolyU built the automated multi-axis mount for the mission-critical camera on top of the lunar lander and helped plan and select a landing site in the von Kármán crater.
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earlier report by PolyU on its Chang'e 4 contributions

23 January 2019
Chinese scientists have released nighttime remote sensing imagery captured by Luojia 1, a scientific experiment satellite, was sent into space on 2 June 2018. The resolution of the images is 130 meters allowing for fine spatial details of artificial nighttime light in China. So far, nighttime remote sensing data collected by Luojia 1 have been provided to over 3,000 users in 16 countries and regions.
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22 January 2019
In preparation of the start of FAST's formal operation this year, the rules for visitors of Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) were reinforced.
No cell phones, no digital cameras, and no smart wearable devices - the Guizhou provincial government has revised a regulation to keep the noise down and prevent human activities from affecting the world's largest telescope. The total quiet area of FAST includes a 5 km radius as the core zone, 5 km to 10 km radius as the intermediate zone and a peripheral zone that covers 10 km to 30 km in radius. The regulation is expected to be effective starting from 1 April 2019.
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19 January 2019
From the NASA press release: "Since the beginning of its mission, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has imaged objects impacting the surface of the Moon. This past month, NASA held discussions with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) to explore the possibility of observing a signature of the landing plume of their lunar lander, Chang’e 4, using LRO’s LAMP instrument. Since the Chinese landing, LRO instruments have been collecting data that are currently being analysed. LRO is expected to image the Chang’e 4 landing site on January 31 in a manner similar to what was done on Chang’e 3.  NASA and CNSA have agreed that any significant findings resulting from this coordination activity will be shared with the global research community at the 56th session of the Scientific and Technology Subcommittee meeting of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space meeting in Vienna, Austria, February 11-22, 2019. All NASA data associated with this activity are publicly available. In accordance with Administration and Congressional guidance, NASA’s cooperation with China is transparent, reciprocal and mutually beneficial."
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related:
link to the Xinhua news about the topic: NASA cooperates with China on Moon exploration
Farside Politics: NASA/China Coordination on Chang’e 4 Lander
19 January 2019
Leonard David summarises what is known about NASA's supportive efforts for China's lunar exploration missions.

21 January 2019
China launched two satellites for multispectral imaging and two test satellites on a Long March 11 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 1:42 pm on 21 January. The two imaging satellites, part of the Jilin 1 satellite family, were independently developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. They have successfully entered their preset orbit, according to the center.
Loaded with a multi-spectral imager and an infrared camera, they will form a network with the 10 previously launched Jilin 1 satellites, providing remote sensing data and services for forestry, shipping and resource and environmental monitoring.
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17 January 2019
Chinese and Russian scientists will work together to explore water and ice on the moon, according to a Russian scientist Vladimir Khmelyov, a professor at the Altai State Technical University. He said on 15 January that the ultrasonic drilling project has won financing from Russia's Fundamental Research Fund and China's National Natural Science Fund. In this project, the scientists will explore and develop the physical principles of the ultrasonic drilling of extraterrestrial surfaces to discover water and ice, including on the far side of the moon and on Mars, which will help develop lunar and Martian research in the future, Russia's Tass News Agency reported. "The project is designed for two years," said Khmelyov. "It relates to joint work: We will carry out preliminary research for the Chinese side to study the process of ultrasonic drilling."
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