29 January 2017
In October 2003, after orbiting the world 14 times and traveling 600,000 kilometers, Yang Liwei landed safely back on Earth and in the history books. Like millions of other people across China, pilot Wang Yaping was mesmerized by what she saw. But to her, those static images represented more than just achievement. She saw an opportunity. "He was the first male taikonaut. Who would be the first female?" The fame and glory of those who actually make the trip into space often dwarfs the sacrifices of those who remain with their feet on the ground. Taikonauts are sons, daughters, wives, husbands, mothers and fathers. Their families too, experience a form of weightlessness as they watch, wait, hope and pray for their loved ones to come home.
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28 January 2018
China is set to launch the first privately-manufactured rocket in the first half of 2018, CCTV reported. OneSpace's 8-meter-long mini rocket, with a 6-meter solid propellant rocket engine which can generate a thrust of 35 tonnes, is less than half the size of the recently launched Long March 11 which was developed by China's state-owned China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. It can carry a 100 kg satellite and send it to an altitude of 800 km. Testing of the engine was completed at the end of 2017.
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27 January 2018
China plans to launch 60 Jilin-1 video satellites by 2020, the satellite developer said at the ongoing legislative session of northeast China's Jilin Province. The high-resolution optical remote sensing satellites were independently developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. for commercial use. Currently, China has launched 10 Jilin-1 satellites into space.
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25 January 2018
China launched a series of Yaogan 30 remote sensing satellites at 1:39 p.m. (Beijing Time) 25 January on a Long March-2C carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. NanoSat 1A was also sent into space along with the Yaogan 30 satellites. The satellites have successfully entered their preset orbit. They will conduct electromagnetic environmental probes and other experiments.
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26 January 2018
Two men and two women volunteered and spent 200 days in a simulated space lab in Beijing, setting a world record for the longest stay in a self-contained "cabin." The biomedicine students from Beihang University, the second group of volunteers staying in Yuegong 1, also known as Lunar Palace 1, completed the second phase of its 365-day on-ground experiment on 26 January.
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24 January 2018
China has accomplished its first successful Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR), with a 1.2-meter telescope laser ranging system. Based on the signals of laser pulses reflected by the lunar retro-reflector planted by the U.S. manned mission Apollo 15, the applied astronomy group from the Yunnan Observatories measured the distance between the Apollo 15 retro-reflector and the Yunnan Observatories ground station to be 385,823.433 km to 387,119.600 km, from 9:25 p.m. to 10:31 p.m. Beijing Time, on 22 January 2018.
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