25 December 2021
A handover ceremony of CE-5 lunar samples, used for backup storage, was held on 25 December in Shaoshan, central China's Hunan Province. Shaoshan is also the home town of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong. The CE-5 samples were handed over to Hunan University by the CNSA and will be stored in the newly constructed base, the country's only facility dedicated to lunar sample backup storage.
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24 December 2021
After Zhang Rongqiao, Chief Designer of the Tianwen 1 mission, was listed in Nature’s Top 10 ranking of people who helped to shape science in 2021, the science journal spoke to him via e-mail. Zhang discusses his thoughts on the mission so far, the progress of the Zhurong rover and what it means for China’s space-research endeavours.
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In another interview with Chinese language Science and Technology Daily, Zhang Rongqiao also reflected on the difficulties when deciding for the 3-in-1 mission concept versus following the 3-step approach in the lunar exploration programme. He also said that progress in the development of the Mars sample return mission is a high priority.
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23 December 2021
CGTN's Elaine Reyes talks to Yang Yuguang - a professor from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, and the vice-chair of the Space Transportation Committee at the International Astronautical Federation - about how China cooperates with other countries when it comes to space exploration.
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20 December 2021
On 20 December he first batch of 11 satellite images of cities and regions taken by the SDGSAT-1 satellite were released. SDGSAT-1 is equipped with three different imagers: thermal infrared, glimmer and multi-spectral. The remote sensing pictures show the Yangtze River Delta in the eastern part of China, Lake Namtso in China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, etc.
At present, SDGSAT-1 is under in-orbit test.
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23 December 2021
A Long March-7A rocket launched on 23 December at 18:12 BJT from the Wenchang Space Launch Site and carried Shiyan-12 01 and Shiyan-12 02 into space. Developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the pair of satellites will do space environment surveys and other related technology tests, the state-owned company said in a statement. The exact purpose of the satellites was not reported.
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20 December 2021
This week, Jean Deville and Blaine Curcio discuss the failure of Expace's Kuaizhou 1A and related to that the impact on Geespace and other satellite companies. Blaine gives a wealth of important background information about Geely and Geespace. The other main focus of the reporting was the launch of Rocket Pi's micro-gravity platform Sparkle 1. Like every week: a must see!
And if you like to support Jean and Blaine, maybe you would like to buy them a coffee?
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