10 December 2021
A Long March-4B rocket carrying the Shijian 6-05 group of satellites took-off on 10 December at 08:11 BJT from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. The satellites will be used for space exploration and new technology test.
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09 December 2021
Space-tracking ship Yuanwang 6 returned to its home port in the morning of 09 December after completing 3 satellite monitoring missions. This year, the ship has spent more than 240 days at sea, sailing over 50,000 nautical miles, and completed 9 monitoring tasks. During its latest voyage, which lasted 114 days, it carried out 3 mission monitoring tasks.
After docking at the port, Yuanwang-6 will undergo maintenance, preparing for missions next year.
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09 December 2021
The 1st live class from China's space station was held in the afternoon of 9 December. It was given by Shenzhou 13 crew members Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu to students in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao. The class began at 16:40 BJT, with a total of 1,420 students attending the lecture from 5 classrooms across China. The primary classroom was located in the China Science and Technology Museum. Classrooms have also been set up in Nanning in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province, Hong Kong and Macao. The live stream made a global coverage possible. Wang Yaping showed students on Earth a paper flower unfolding on a film of water and expressed good wishes to the students, encouraged them to pursue their dream and embrace the future.
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08 December 2021
The Shenzhou 12 crew met with the press on 07 December at the Astronaut Centre of China in Beijing. The 3 taikonauts have recovered well after their 3-month spaceflight and will return to regular training once related health assessments are completed. According to Jing Haipeng, Head of the Astronaut Corps of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the taikonauts rehabilitation has three stages: quarantine, recuperation and observation. So far, the crew has completed the second stage. They are emotionally stable and in a good psychological condition, their weight is at the same level as before the flight, and they have further restored their muscle strength, endurance and cardio functions.
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09 December 2021
China and Arab States will jointly implement at least 5 pilot projects based on China's BeiDou, or BDS (GNSS) satellite navigation technology, in key application domains from 2022 to 2023, according to a latest action plan signed by both sides via teleconference at the 3rd China-Arab States BDS Cooperation Forum on 09 December.
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07 December 2021
A Ceres 1 carrier rocket by commercial launch provider Galactic Energy launched five small satellites into a 500 km sun-synchronous orbit. The rocket took off on 7 December at 12:12 BJT from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. It was the 2nd flight of the Ceres 1 rocket series.
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