29 November 2016
Jiayuguan was once the tangible edge of Chinese civilisation - where the Great Wall ends and the desolation of the Gobi Desert begins. Now, four hours beyond those limits in a locked-down location along the Ruoshui River, China has built a gateway to the new final frontier. Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre is the nation’s pre-eminent “space city” - one of only three places where humans are blasted into the cosmos.
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26 November 2016
Fu Zhiheng, Vice-President of Great Wall Industry, said on the sidelines of the Symposium on Space International Cooperation Promoting Economic and Social Development of Developing Country that Chinese satellites have become popular among developing countries for two reasons: First, they are as reliable as Western models; and second, Great Wall Industry is able to provide solution packages to developing countries covering design, launch, operation and training.
"In addition to traditional clients, we pay great attention to finding new customers. For instance, we are striving to tap the space market in the Middle East that is dominated by the United States and European firms," Fu said. "What I can tell you now is that we have made substantial progress in this region."
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17 November 2016
Chinese astronauts (taikonauts) Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong are back on Earth. They've just finished a month-long mission to China's new space station, the Tiangong-2, doubling their countries' record for time in space. Observing from Taipei, Taiwan, amateur astronomer Hanjie Tan photographed their departure from the space station on Nov. 17th: "This picture shows the taikonauts leaving the Tiangong-2 onboard their Shenzhou-11 spacecraft," says Tan. "They had just separated at the time I took this 20 second exposure."
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23 November 2016
China successfully launched the Tianlian I-04 satellite on 22 November from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite was launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket at 11:24 p.m. Beijing time.
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23 November 2016
So what did China's space capsule Shenzhou XI carry during its return journey to the Earth? Well, the items included crop and herb seeds, biological samples used in the medical experiment conducted aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, as well as experiment equipment designed by middle school students from Hong Kong. Souvenirs from different regions across the country were also part of the items.
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22 November 2016
The Shenzhou XI menu was really mouth-watering, totaling more than 100 individual Chinese dishes. The daily menu was rotated every five days. Crew mates Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong both greatly enjoy drinking tea, so they given green and black teabags to make the brew themselves. Jing, who was on his third space mission, even sampled cheesecake at his on-board 50th birthday celebration last month.
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