17 January 2019
On January 11, approved by China Meteorological Administration (CMA), FY-2E meteorological satellite (located over 86.5°E) was officially out of operation. During 9-year operation, FY-2E has realized two space shifts, formed network observation with FY-2D and FY-2G successively, and completed 104 thousand times of observations, which has made crucial contribution to meteorological observation in China and Asia as well.
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The latest issue of the GoTaikonauts! newsletter, the issue no 23 is published. The brochure contains the quarterly report of the first quarter of 2018 and an interview with Prof. Dr. Bernd Madauss who looks back at an intensive experience in space project management in China. Also, a short article explains the details of Civilian-Military Integration and an infographic summarises the milestones of CAST's Space Transportation System Road Map up to 2045.
For the longer read, Chen Lan is describing his impressions of traveling to the Jiuquan launch site to attend LandSpace’s orbital launch attempt on 27 October 2018. And last but not least, Donovan Cosby reports from China’s airshow event in Zhuhai. In a very entertaining account he reflects on his personal impressions of the event and gives advice on how to travel to Zhuhai Airshow.
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18 January 2019
Staff members of Institute of Optics and Electronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences discuss the plan of testing the topographical camera installed on the lander of the Chang'e 4 probe in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on 17 January 2019. The topographical camera installed on the lander of the Chang'e 4 probe is responsible for both taking colorful high-resolution images on the lunar surface and monitoring the lunar rover Yutu 2.
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17 January 2019
The idea of a biological payload was selected from 257 suggestions collected from high school and college students in 2016. This can also serve as a proof that the original purpose of the payload was for promotion of science. The plant in the mini ecosystem on Chang'e 4 died of extreme cold as the Moon's far side turned away from the Sun. "During the 212.75 hours from power-on to power-off, the payload worked well. Some of the results exceeded our expectations," explained Xie Gengxin, the payload's designer and dean of Chongqing University's Institute of Advanced Technology.
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16 January 2019
Wu Weiren, Chief Scientist of China’s lunar programme, said NASA scientists had asked permission to use China’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft and relay satellite to help them plan an U.S.-American mission to the far side of the Moon. The U.S. experts made the request at an international conference a few years ago, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The American scientists had asked China to extend the Queqiao relay satellite’s lifespan and allow an American beacon device to be placed on Chang’e 4, saying it would help the US side plan its own lunar landing strategy, Wu said.
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17 January 2019
The Gamma-ray Burst (GRB) polarimeter POLAR on China's Tiangong 2 space laboratory has completed its high-sensitivity measurement of GRBs and fulfilled all of its research objectives, according to China Manned Space Engineering Office on 15 January.
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