03 August 2021
China has been swiftly assembling its Chinese space station, basically a large 60+ tons space laboratory that will be orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 350-450 km. But did you know that China's crewed spaceflight projects date all the way back to the 1960s? In this special episode of the DongFang Hour, Jean Deville covers "everything you need to know" about the Chinese Space Station, from a historical perspective to a detailed timeline of the station assembly.
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06 August 2021
A CZ-3B carrier rocket carrying the Zhongxing-2E satellite launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 6 August 2021 at 0:30 BJT (5 August, 16:30 UTC). The satellite has entered its preset orbit. 
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06 August 2021
Mars rover Zhurong has traveled more than 800 m on the Martian surface as of 6 August, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Programme Centre of the China National Space Administration. Zhurong has been traversing a complex terrain full of rocks, craters and dunes, and its rear hazard-avoidance camera captured a picture of the rover just moving across the rocks. By 6 August, the rover has worked on the surface of Mars for 82 Martian days and the Tianwen 1 orbiter has been in orbit for 379 days. Both are in good condition and functioning properly.
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04 August 2021
On 4 August at 19:01 BJT, a CZ-6 launched two multimedia experimental satellites into pre-set orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre. The two satellites for this mission were developed by the Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites.
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04 August 2021
China’s first 9.5-m-diameter rocket tank bottom and the liquid booster engine for the super-heavy-lift Long March-9 carrier rocket were rolled out in recent days. The breakthrough was made in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province, by research teams from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). It has filled the gap in extra-large rocket tank products in the country’s aerospace industry, according to the China Space News on Wednesday, which is co-published by CASC and another industry giant China Academy of Space Technology.
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02 August 2021
China’s meteoric rise in space science and exploration - along with its new partnership with Russia - is spurring U.S. experts to reconsider a long-standing prohibition on bilateral collaborations. Leonard David was asking for an article in Scientific American several experts in the U.S. space policy community what their opinion on the prospects of space cooperation with China is.
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