23 January 2021
Chang'e 4 has switched to dormant mode after concluding the operations for the 26th lunar day on the Moon's far side. The lander switched to stand-by on 20 January at 21:10 BJT and the Yutu 2 rover at 14:06 BJT the same day. The pair has been working for 749 Earth days, with the rover traveling a total distance of 628.47 meters.
A new publication in Geophysical Research Letters presents the results of VNIS data: Using Yutu's Visible-Near Infrared Spectrometer (VNIS) local measurements of "thermal emission ... at short wavelengths and temperature variations at centimeter scales were retrieved during the 1st, 2nd, and 10th day of rover operations on the lunar surface. These in situ observations are an important complement to the existing large‐scale measurements taken from orbit and reveal that the millimeter scale roughness plays an important role when deriving temperatures and physical properties of the lunar surface regolith."
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link to the publication in Geophysical Research Letters 

17 January 2021
iSpace announced a key breakthrough in its reusable launch system ahead of a planned IPO, a boost for the nation's commercial space sector, experts said. iSpace successfully completed a landing buffer test of its reusable rocket Hyperbola-2, marking an important breakthrough in reusable launch technology. The company also has a plan to issue shares on the Science and Technology Innovation Board, which would make it China's first listed commercial space firm, media reported.
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22 January 2021
A recent report on China's Earth observation data resources development written by the national Earth observation data center and the National Science and Technology Infrastructure states that China has collected around 100PB (about 100 million GB) of Earth observation data from its Earth observation satellites. The collected data resources have been used for both free and commercial use to serve more than 300,000 users, inducing significant social and economic benefits, according to the report. Both run by the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS))
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21 January 2021
Space tracking ship Yuanwang 5 completed its mission in the Pacific Ocean to monitor and ensure the launch of the Tiantong 1-03 satellite. As the only maritime monitoring site for the launch, Yuanwang 5 was responsible for the rocket measurement and satellite monitoring. It also conducted the data calculation and space-ground information exchange. The operation of the shipborne measurement and control system remained stable in rough seas, ensuring the smooth execution of key stages of the launch.
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19 January 2021
Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Jean Deville of The China Aerospace Blog are reporting for SpaceWatch.Global on China's main aerospace events of the last week. They are giving details about iSpace' plans for an IPO on China's Star Board, on the status of CASC's propulsion technology development and talk about the U.S. adding Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC and Air China Group to a DoD blacklist, which lists companies which have ties with the Chinese military. .
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21 January 2021
The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering on 19 January jointly revealed the top 10 news stories of scientific and technological progress in China and in the world in 2020. The top 10 news stories were voted by academicians of the two academies. The annual activity is in its 27th year. Among China's top 10 scientific and technological progress news reports in 2020 were 3 space-related achievements: 1. Chang'e 5; 2. Beidou; 6. milestone for quantum supremacy
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