09 September 2017
All in-orbit tests of China's first orbiting carbon observatory satellite, TanSat, which means "carbon" in Chinese, have been successfully completed, according to the China Meteorological Administration. As China's first mission intended to provide global space-based observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, TanSat was launched on 22 December 2016. It is tasked to monitor the carbon dioxide variation in Earth's atmosphere on seasonal time scales, improving the understanding of the global carbon dioxide distribution as well as its contribution to the climate change.
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09 September 2017
China will finish building its first Mars simulation base in Northwest China for ecotourism and outdoor scientific experiments by 2020, but it won't be a scientific simulation base for future astronauts, a Senior Scientist said. The base will boost the local tourism economy, educate the public about space exploration and provide a multifunction, outdoor experiment field for scientists around the world, Liu Xiaoqun, Director of the General Office of Lunar and Deep-Space Exploration of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told China Daily in an exclusive interview.
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08 September 2017
With China's growing investment in space science and technology and its increasing market demand for satellite applications, countries like Britain are looking to work more closely with China in the area. "China is a huge country and satellites are perfect in providing the data unique for agriculture, for climate, for air quality," Chris Lee, head of International Space Partnerships at UK Space Agency, told Xinhua. He made the remark on the sideline of the 12th UK-China Space Workshop on Space Science and Technology, which was held in Edinburgh from 5 to 7 September.
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08 September 2017
It is the quietest tourist site in China - phones, cameras and cars are not allowed. Even planes have been rerouted to avoid disturbance, but it still draws thousands of tourists. Since it began operating in September last year, the world’s largest radio telescope, in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, has received 240,000 tourists, local authorities said. All phones and cameras must be handed in if visitors want to enter the core area,” said local tour operator Liu Xingwu. Shi Bangze, Director of the county’s tourism bureau said that any increase in tourist numbers must not be allowed to interfere with scientific studies underway at FAST.
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02 September 2017
A portrait of Wang Shuqun, 47, the Chief Technician at the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and special technician at the Shanghai Aerospace Equipments Manufacturer. He was the Chief Fitter behind the docking system when China’s Shenzhou-8 spacecraft docked with the Tiangong-1 space laboratory in 2011. The article explains his motivations and aims for the future.
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05 September 2017
Several photos show China's future Mars simulation base in Hongya (Red Cliff) region of Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Qinghai Province. About 400 million yuan (61 million U.S. dollars) are expected to invest in the Mars scientific research base and eco-tourism site. The red rock area in Qaidam basin in western Qinghai has been called the most "Martian" place on Earth, with its natural features, landscape and climate all similar to those on the red planet.
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