02 March 2021
China is planning to launch a new satellite mounted with a LiDAR (light detection and ranging) system to monitor CO2 in the atmosphere. The satellite will actively sense CO2 with the LiDAR technology and will be ready for launch in July. A constellation of meteorological satellites for CO2 monitoring is expected to be built during China's 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025) amid the country's efforts to peak CO2 emissions before 2030 and go carbon neutral before 2060.
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01 March 2021
In an interview with state broadcaster CCTV, Luan Enjie said feasibility studies for the 100-t launch vehicle had been completed and the project was now at the follow-up research stage.
Although Luan did not mention the official name of the new rocket, Chinese space experts reached by the Global Times on 01 March widely speculated that it would very likely be the highly anticipated Long March-9 launch vehicle, and that the new rocket would be the go-to model for the country's future manned lunar landing missions, which will hopefully take place around 2030.
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are compare: Dongfang Hour - the 22nd China Aerospace News Roundup (22 February 2021 - 28 February 2021) 

02 March 2021
3 possible names for China's 1st Mars rover have come out after a 40-day global online poll. "Zhurong", a fire god in ancient Chinese mythology, tops the list while "Nezha", a beloved Chinese mythological figure, and "Hongyi", which means having a broad and strong mind in Chinese, ranked second and third, respectively.
In January CNSA unveiled a Top-10 list for the name after a global naming campaign that kicked off in late July 2020. Netizens at home and abroad were invited to vote on 10 candidates from 20 January to 28 February. Starting on 02 March, a panel of experts will also vote for the final candidates.
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27 February 2021
Lunar samples brought back by China's Chang'e-5 probe are on public display at the National Museum of China since 26 February. The material, mainly soil from the lunar surface, are preserved in a container made of artificial crystal. Designed in the shape of a zun, a traditional Chinese bronze ware, the container is 38.44 cm high and 22.89 cm wide. The height represents the average distance between Earth and the Moon of 384,400 km, while the width represents the 22.89 days of the lunar probe's mission. The exhibition also features around 40 objects related to the lunar probe, together with multiple photos and videos. The exhibition will go on a nationwide tour later on.
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01 March 2021
Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Jean Deville of The China Aerospace Blog are reporting for SpaceWatch.Global on China's main space events of the last week. This time, the two experts cover Xi Jinping's reception for the experts of the Chang'e programme, the approval of the CZ-9 development, and Future Space’s 2020 Investment Report.
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26 February 2021
CASC announced on 24 February that it plans to conduct the maiden flight of the CZ-6A carrier rocket before the end of this year. The rocket, developed by SAST in Shanghai will be able to serve different orbits. Featuring modular designs and flexibility, the rocket will be able to conduct a wide variety of launch missions and will be economically attractive to clients, designers said. Despite being called CZ-6A, the new rocket will be very different from the CZ-6, which was also designed and built by the Shanghai Academy.
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