04 January 2021
The Chang'e 4 mission is operational since exactly 2 years made some interesting discoveries. The Yutu 2 rover traversed the lunar surface by 600 m. Xinhua news agency summerised some facts and figures about Chang'e 4.
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03 January 2021
By the morning of 3 January, Tianwen 1 has travelled more than 400 million km on its way to planet Mars. The probe is expected to enter Mars orbit in February. As of 6:00 h BJT on 3 January, the spacecraft has been in space for 163 days. It was about 130 million km away from Earth and in a distance of about 8.3 million km from Mars. The probe is traveling at a speed of 23 km/s, covering about 2 million km a day. According to CNSA, the probe is in stable condition and is scheduled for a deceleration manoeuvre for entering Mars orbit in more than one month from now. The plan is that Tianwen 1 will survey Mars for 3 months before making a landing attempt.
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30 December 2020
SCMP reported that China and Italy agreed during the 10th Joint Meeting of the China-Italy Government Committee that one area of future cooperation would be space.
The Joint Press Release of the meeting mentions that both sides will continue to cooperate on the CSES-2 mission (China Seismo Electromagnetic Satellite 2), promote cooperation in the field of space sciences, space exploration, life sciences under the condition of microgravity as well as telecommunications, including quantum communication. Both countries agreed to continue exploring the flight opportunities related to Italian science payloads aboard the Chang'e 6 and asteroid missions. The two sides intend to continue discussing the implementation of the HERD (High Energy Radiation Detector) scientific experiment on board the Chinese space station.
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Link to PDF of the Joint Press Release of the 10th Meeting of the Government Committee Italy - China (in Italian language). Space related topics are mentioned under point 21

30 December 2020
Engineers successfully conducted a test run of a new solid rocket booster engine at the Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology in Xi'an. The three-segmented booster engine with a diameter of 3.2 m is currently the most powerful solid rocket engine with the largest thrust (260 t), diameter, propellant mass and the longest ignition time in China. The test is to verify whether the engine meets the design requirements before it formally undertakes space launch missions.
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29 December 2020
Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Jean Deville of The China Aerospace Blog are reporting on the events in the last (full) week of the year 2020. They are giving details on the launch of the CZ-8, updates on the launch manifest for the Chinese Space Station, China's view on lunar resource utilisation, China Satcom’s strategy and a bit of information on the Chinese MA700 regional jet airplane.
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29 December 2020
Researchers have set up special storage facilities, constructed laboratories for sample processing and analysis, and developed detailed operating procedures to ensure that lunar samples are not contaminated and that the research results are reliable. The samples will be first analyzed non-destructively to obtain the samples' element composition and content information, said Xiao Long, a researcher at the China University of Geosciences.
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