03 October 2020
Brian Harvey has long written about China’s space program as well as the space programs of India and Japan. This is a second edition of his book on China’s expanding space program, successor to the edition published in 2013. It provides a good overview of the breadth of Chinese space activities, as well as what has led up to China’s current projects and their future ambitions.
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01 October 2020
On 1 October, CMSA announced the selection of the 3rd batch of taikonauts for China's upcoming space station missions. Among those 18 new recruits is only one woman. The 18 new taikonauts were categorised to qualify for three different services: 7 will become spacecraft pilots, 7 will learn the skills of spaceflight engineers, and only 4 will become mission payload specialists. Next, they will start their advanced taikonaut training before being assigned to a space mission.
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01 October 2020
The China National Space Administration released mid-flight images of Mars probe Tianwen 1 on 1 October. It is the first time that Tianwen 1 took selfies. The images were captured by a separating measurement sensor installed on the outer wall of Tianwen 1. With commands from ground control on Earth, the sensor separated from Tianwen 1 and took one picture every second with its two wide-angle lenses. The images were sent to Tianwen 1 via Wi-Fi and then dispatched to Earth. As of midnight on 30 September, Tianwen 1 has flown about 188 million km and is currently 24.10 million km away from Earth. All probe systems are in good condition.
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30 September 2020
China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System has many applications. Soon, the space-based system will be applied to a new user - Asian elephants living in the country's southwestern province of Yunnan. In October, the animals will start wearing collars linked to Beidou services. The move, a joint effort by e-commerce giant Alibaba and Beijing-based private satellite producer Commsat, is intended to better protect the big mammals and their human neighbors, said Xie Tao, founder and CEO of Commsat.
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30 September 2020
The first batch of pictures taken by China's best optical Earth-observation satellite for civil use was published on 29 September, becoming the clearest photos ever created by a Chinese civilian satellite. More than 20 sub-meter-resolution images taken by the High-Resolution Multi-Mode Imaging Satellite, the latest in China's Gaofen high-resolution Earth-observation satellite fleet, were made public by the China National Space Administration at a ceremony in Beijing, depicting places in the capital, Gansu province's Lanzhou and Jiayuguan, and the Gezhouba Dam on the Yangtze River.
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27 September 2020
China has issued a set of stamps to commemorate the successful launch of the country's first Mars Probe Tianwen 1. The commemorative stamp release ceremony was held on 26 September at the Wenchang Space Science Centre, in South China's Hainan Province, where Tianwen 1 was launched into space. There is a planned issuance of 7.8 million sets of the Tianwen 1 commemorative stamp, each with a face value of 1.2 yuan ($0.18).
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