01 November 2022
Students from the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had a discussion on 01 November with taikonauts – Liu Yang, Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe – presently aboard China's space station, getting their questions answered via video link. Jointly organised by China-ASEAN Center and World Affairs Press Co. Ltd., the session attracted nearly 1,000 teenagers from China and ASEAN Member States. The main discussion venue was in Beijing with branch venues in ASEAN countries including Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. In September, the crew talked with African students.
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02 November 2022
Researchers at the Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) recently released the latest discoveries made by the Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE), which shows that high-energy particles in our universe may travel slower than what we think. With data collected by Wukong in the past six years, the researchers illustrated an energy spectrum of boron-to-carbon and boron-to-oxygen flux ratios, which show differences from theoretical calculations. The new discoveries and related data have been published on Science Bulletin, an English-language academic journal supervised by CAS.
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Link to publication: Detection of spectral hardenings in cosmic-ray boron-to-carbon and boron-to-oxygen flux ratios with DAMPE

01 November 2022
The Mengtian module has successfully docked with the front port of Tianhe on 1 November at 4:27 BJT, CMSA confirmed. The whole process of rendezvous and docking took approximately 13 hours. Later, Mengtian will conduct transposition as planned. The Mengtian module, together with Tianhe core module and Wentian lab module, will then form the space station's basic configuration in T shape.
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31 October 2022
Space tracking ship Yuanwang 5 departed from a port on 31 October for spacecraft monitoring missions. This is the 3rd ocean voyage of the ship in 2022, during which it has spent more than 110 days at sea. Yuanwang 5 mainly undertakes maritime tracking, monitoring and communication tasks concerning rockets, high, medium and low-orbit satellites, spaceships and the Chinese space station. Before the voyage, crew members improved equipment maintenance and inspections to ensure the success of future missions, said vice-captain Liu Mingyue.
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31 October 2022
Mengtian, the 2nd laboratory module of China's space station, is equipped with 8 racks dedicated to physicals science. The research facilities support experiments on fluids, materials, combustion and fundamental physics. "For example, the cold atomic physics cabinet supports studies of basic physics and condensed matter physics, and the temperature can be set to absolute zero – minus 273 degrees Celsius," said He Yufeng, chief designer of the Mengtian Space Application System under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He said that the cabinet can also promote the development of quantum devices. The high-temperature material experimental cabinet is for studies of space materials, and can reach 1,600 degrees Celsius.
And the combustion experimental cabinets can help us study how to prevent fires in space.
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31 October 2022
A CZ-5B rocket launched 31 October at 15:37 h from Wenchang Space Launch Centre and carried the Mengtian space station module into LEO. In the next couple of hours, Mengtian is scheduled to rendezvous and then dock with the Tiangong station's Tianhe core module, according to the CMSA. The lab module is about 17.9 m long, has a diameter of 4.2 m and weighs more than 23 t, according to its designers at the SAST.
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