07 June 2017
CHINA'S Chang'e 5 lunar probe is expected to land in the Mons Rumker region, and to take moon samples back to Earth at the end of the year, according to Liu Jizhong, Director of China Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center of China National Space Administration (CNSA). The probe landing site is an isolated volcanic formation located in the northwest part of the Moon's near side.
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China Plans to Launch Chang'e-5 Lunar Mission by the end of November (approx. 30 November)
07 June 2017
The Director of the International Cooperation Department of China National Space Administration CNSA Xu Yansong stated that the third launch of the carrier rocket Long March 5 with the satellite Chang'e-5 will take place in the end of November, approximately on November 30.
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06 June 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a letter of congratulations to the Global Space Exploration Conference GLEX, which opened 06 June in Beijing. In his letter, Xi said China is willing to enhance cooperation with the international community in peaceful space exploration and development. Hailing the achievements made in space exploration in the 20th century, Xi said progress in space science and technology will benefit people around the world in the future.
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06 June 2017
China will begin the process of selecting new astronauts later in 2017, when 10 to 12 candidates - including two female astronauts - will be chosen for the nation's next phase of space exploration, a manned space program official revealed. Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut and also deputy director general of China's manned space program, made the remarks in an interview with Beijing Youth Daily. Yang added that preliminary research and experiments have already been completed. "The first batch of astronauts were all bachelor's degree-holders selected from the PLA Air Force. Now we will give more consideration to aerospace engineers and other experts from broader society. They will more likely be postgraduates," Yang said. In the future, new astronauts will be selected every four years, according to Yang.
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China to conduct at least four manned spaceflight missions in five years
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01 June 2017
China's Landsat satellite imagery reception network has been completed 31 May, enabling the country to receive satellite data for the entire country and up to 70 percent of the area in Asia. Landsat satellites relay images to ground stations located in Beijing's suburban Miyun district, Kashgar in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and Sanya in South China's Hainan Province, from where these images are sent to the project's Beijing headquarters.
The Landsat network will be used to support various remote-sensing systems, especially for the western part of the country and the South China Sea, according to the review committee.
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06 June 2017
"Commercial is a pathway that is good for opening new doors. It has no symbolism, no 'flags' it is based on requirements and it can be structured to meet the concerns of all parties. I believe commercial is the pathway forward for greater cooperation with Chinese companies and educational organizations," Jeffrey Manber, CEO of NanoRacks, told Xinhua in an email.
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31 May 2017
It is not NASA, nor ESA, DLR or ASI. None of the established national space agencies are the enabler for Chinese scientific research on the ISS. China is paying for it. The Beijing Institute of Technology became the commercial customer of Nanoracks. The private company Nanoracks managed the transport of the scientific payload to the ISS, planned by commercial SpaceX company. Deng Yulin of the School of Life Science at the Beijing Institute of Technology BIT said about the experiment which investigates the effect of radiation on the human genes: “Space radiation could cause harm to the astronauts, especially when they are in space for a long period of time. One of the biggest risks from space flight is gene mutation, we hope to do more research on this and learn how big the risk of gene mutation is for humans in space.”
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Chinese experiment among payload for ISS - launch with SpaceX delayed by storms
01 June 2017
NanoRacks, a Houston-based company that provides commercial hardware and services on the ISS, will provide the Beijing Institute of Technology the power and connection aboard the Falcon 9 to carry out the experiment.
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