08 January 2022
In the very early morning of 8 January, the SZ-13 crew conducted a manual rendezvous and docking test with the TZ-2 cargo craft. The procedure was teleoperated by the crew from inside the Tianhe core module with spport by mission control. In a 1st step, the TZ-2 craft was commanded to undock from its docking port and move to a pre-planned parking position. After a short stay, TZ-2 moved back towards the Tianhe module and re-docked. The process took about 2 h and was completed at 7:55 BJT.
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Footage of TZ-2 manual docking test on the CNSA YouTube channel

08 January 2022
As of midnight 6 January, Yutu 2 has traveled 1,003.9 m on the far side of the Moon. YT-2 closed in on the cubic object photographed on 36th lunar day in November 2020. During the 38th lunar day, the rover's panoramic camera was commanded to take color photos from 10 m distance. After initial interpretation, the science team assumes that the object is a lunar rock. YT-2 will continue with close-up inspection of the rock and the impact crater behind the object during the next lunar day.
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08 January 2022
The Ministry of Science and Technology held a virtual work meeting on 6 January. Wang Zhigang, the minister of science and technology reflected on the recent science and technology achievements among them are the nation's first rover on Mars and the launch of its first sun observation satellite Xihe. He also said that China will carry out institutional reforms to bolster its research capability in strategic fields, including restructuring its State Key Laboratories. Top Chinese science and technology leaders, as well as small and medium-sized companies, will receive more support to play a bigger role in making innovations. Taking these steps will improve the overall efficiency of China's science and technology sector
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05 January 2022
In the first 2022 edition of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup!, Jean Deville and Blaine Curcio focus on 2 topics: the official confirmation of the Phase 4 of CLEP comprising the Chang'e 6-8 missions and the close encounter between Starlink satellites and the Chinese Space Station in 2021.
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06 January 2022
Based on data from FAST observations in 2019, a team of international scientists found that magnetic fields cannot hold off gravitational collapse in the early stages of star formation as scientists previously assumed. The discovery has challenged the standard theory of star formation.
Scientists measured the strength of the magnetic fields in the L1544 region, a pre-stellar core in early transition into becoming a star located in the Taurus star forming regions about 450 light years from Earth. Using an observational technique called HI Narrow Self-Absorption, scientists discovered that the magnetic pressure was too weak to prevent gravitational contraction at this early stage of the process.
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Link to publication in Nature

06 January 2022
The robotic arm attached to the CSS successfully grabbed and moved the Tianzhou 2 cargo ship in a test on 06 January. It's the first such manoeuvre of the 10-m long robotic arm, which can lift objects weighing up to 20 t. CMSA said that the arm secured the robotic cargo craft in the early morning of 6 January and began to move it to a new position at 6:12 BJT. Tianzhou 2 had been connected to the station's Tianhe core module and was undocked before the test started. After moving the ship to a predetermined position, the arm reversed the manoeuvres to bring it back to its original position. Tianzhou 2 re-docked with Tianhe, finishing the 47-minute test at 6:59 BJT. The test achieved its goal of verifying the repositioning procedure and the devices designed for arm-enabled operations, and provided additional experience that will be used in the next steps of Tiangong's construction in orbit.
China intends to complete building the CSS in 2022 by launching 2 crewed missions, 2 cargo space craft and 2 additional station modules.
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Footage of Robotic Arm Transposition Test on the CNSA YouTube channel