27 September 2018
The conference days of the 4th China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum took place on 26 and 27 September. The exhibition of commercial aerospace companies is still on until 28 September. For some photo impressions and a report in Chinese, please, have a look at CASIC's website. GoTaikonauts! will report about the forum in one of its next issues.
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26 September 2018
China will carry out large-scale scientific experiments on space application projects after the completion of China's space station. "The space station can support space applications in and out of the cabin, and the payload can be adjusted in orbit," Lin Xiqiang, Deputy Director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office said at a media briefing on China's space projects on 26 September. "I believe the large-scale experiments will bring more important achievements with international influence and application value."
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26 September 2018
Tiangong-2, China's sole space lab orbiting the Earth, will safely leave its orbit under manual control after July 2019, Lin Xiqiang, Deputy Director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office said at a media briefing on China's space projects on 26 September.
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25 September 2018
From 4-7 December the Galaxy Forum Hainan 2018 will take place at the Hilton Wenchang hotel on Hainan Island, China. China's 1st taikonaut Yang Liwei and one of China's female taikonauts will participate in the event.
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25 September 2018
The state-of-art technology and the spectacle of the giant dish have become a magnet for tourists over the years. Tourism took off in the once-impoverished town surrounded by lush forests as wider roads, fancy hotels and bustling shops have sprung up. The tourist surge has also stoked concerns that it might affect the telescope whose probe results can be compromised by radio signals from electronic devices carried by tourists.
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22 September 2018
In The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin tells the story of how a more advanced alien race takes steps to halt scientific advancements on Earth. Liu thinks science fiction can contribute to China’s technology push by inspiring the imagination of its readers. But he is quick to add that without education and greater science literacy, literature will not affect innovation.
One of Liu's fan is Wang Jing, an executive at Xian CAS Star. Her team in Xian recently opened an exhibition hall of 3,000 square metres, built around the theme of China’s Shenzhou spaceships. They hope that it, like the space centres in the US opened by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will promote an affinity for science. “Nasa is definitely a benchmark,” said Wang, who was hoping to invite Liu to a conference in Xian. “We still have a lot of catching up to do.”
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