12 June 2020
A 300-m-long sky bridge across the top of 4 of the 8 skyscrapers that make up Raffles City Chongqing, a multi-use riverside complex in the southwest China megacity, is hosting "The Exploration Deck"
Raffles City Chongqing teamed up with National Geographic to create an exploration-themed exhibition.
The Exploration Deck guides visitors from the ground floor to the outdoor viewing deck through a five-part exhibition. After taking a space-inspired express lift, visitors go on to the Mars exhibition on level 47.
The exhibition brings to life space exploration through five multi-dimensional exhibition zones and showcases how mankind is making life possible on Mars.
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12 June 2020
With the close collaboration between National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) and European Space Agency (ESA), ESA's world-leading interactive celestial atlas, ESASky, has now been translated into Chinese. ESASky is a discovery portal that provides full access to the entire sky. It is a web-based application allowing users to zoom in on any celestial object they may be interested in. Once there, they can look at data collected from more than 50 space missions and ground-based observatories across all frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. The application is under the responsibility of the ESAC Science Data Centre (ESDC), based at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain.
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12 June 2020
Xinmei Shen summarised for Abacus what the Chinese internet community thinks about the new Netflix series: "For many TV critics, the new Netflix comedy Space Force isn’t all that comedic. But in China, where Netflix is unavailable, many people are finding ways to watch the show - and they find it entertaining. Or at least they do when they’re not being offended by it."
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12 June 2020
The International Astronautical Federation - IAF decided to confer the 2020 IAF World Space Award to Wu Weiren, Chief Designer of China's Chang'e lunar programmes and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Yu Dengyun, Deputy Chief Designer of Chang'e programmes and Deputy Director of Science and Technology at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp; and Sun Zezhou, Chief Designer of the Chang'e 4 probe and a top researcher at the China Academy of Space Technology.
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12 June 2020
The satellites, Xingyun-2 01 and 02 for China's space-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) project have completed phase-1 tests in orbit. Engineers at the Xingyun Ground Gateway, located in Wuhan National Aerospace Industry Base, tested the satellite platforms, payloads, and key technologies such as inter-satellite links. The results were in line with expectations, CASIC said. Additional in-orbit tests will be continued for the completion of the Xingyun project, China's first self-developed, space-based IoT constellation. The project is anticipated to solve problems detected in the IoT businesses' communication blind-zone, as a result of deficient coverage of cellular wireless communication networks.
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11 June 2020
A new Fengyun meteorological weather satellite is currently undergoing final tests at the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and is expected to come out of the factory by the end of 2020. The new satellite will operate from a polar morning-evening orbit, a new feat, not done before. This will enable Chine to update its global polar-orbiting meteorological satellite data in four hours, improving its numerical weather forecast capacities. Four more Fengyun 3 satellites are under development.
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