17 January 2019
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) released a big data sharing platform on 15 January, providing scientists and officials worldwide with information about the Earth. The platform will provide global users with systematic, diversified and standardised big data through a data, computing and service integrated information sharing system.
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15 January 2019
China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) announced on 15 January a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with Satellogic, the world's first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company. CGWIC will launch 90 of Satellogic's spacecraft from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The first launch - scheduled for later this year - will deliver a dedicated payload of 13 of Satellogic's spacecraft to Low Earth Orbit on a Long March 6 (LM-6) rocket.
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15 January 2019
One of the cotton seeds carried to the Moon by China's Chang'e 4 probe is the first ever to sprout on the Moon. Images sent by the probe showed that a cotton sprout had started to grow, though no other plants were found growing.
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article with photo of the shoots on China Daily

15 January 2019
A maritime silk road satellite data service center has opened in Fuzhou, east China's Fujian Province. The data service center, providing standard data products, value-added products and satellite remote sensing application system, will be widely used in areas including land, forestry, environmental protection, water resources, agriculture, disaster alleviation, weather and oceans.
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Here are some statements from the Chang'e 4 press conference on 14 January in Beijing. 

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14 January 2019
There is both optimism and a need for the United States to resume cooperation with China in space exploration, veteran astronaut and former NASA administrator Charles Bolden said days after the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 4 made a historic soft-landing on the far side of the Moon. "China should feel very proud of having accomplished this. Anytime you can do something that has not been done before, it's a reason for excitement and celebration," he said. Congressional prohibitions on space cooperation with China - as stipulated by the 2011 Wolf Amendment to NASA appropriations bills - is a "significant legal constraint" and "hindrance" that should be relaxed or reversed, Bolden stressed. "I'm incredibly optimistic. I just think cooler heads will prevail," Bolden said in an exclusive interview.
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