22 September 2018
In The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin tells the story of how a more advanced alien race takes steps to halt scientific advancements on Earth. Liu thinks science fiction can contribute to China’s technology push by inspiring the imagination of its readers. But he is quick to add that without education and greater science literacy, literature will not affect innovation.
One of Liu's fan is Wang Jing, an executive at Xian CAS Star. Her team in Xian recently opened an exhibition hall of 3,000 square metres, built around the theme of China’s Shenzhou spaceships. They hope that it, like the space centres in the US opened by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will promote an affinity for science. “Nasa is definitely a benchmark,” said Wang, who was hoping to invite Liu to a conference in Xian. “We still have a lot of catching up to do.”
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22 September 2018
Chinese scientists have appealed to further strengthen international cooperation in space exploration, aiming to reduce the risk of near-Earth objects.
Ouyang Ziyuan, a CAS academician and first chief scientist of China's lunar probe project, also believes that the danger from small celestial objects "is worth attention while we are devoted to building a community with a shared future for humanity." "Scientists around the world should cooperate to monitor near-Earth asteroids," said Ouyang, noting that modern space technologies are capable of defending Earth from their threat.
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21 September 2018
Russia invited China to become a partner country at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019. China accepted the proposal, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told reporters.
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19 September 2018
China's Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which has exceeded its designed life span, remains in space and is still able to conduct scientific tasks, according to its developer and a leading expert.
Pang Zhihao, a renowned space industry observer in Beijing, said despite the spacecraft's 24-month designed life span having been reached, it seems to be in good condition and is still carrying out work. "Tiangong 2 is now like a large scientific satellite," he said.
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21 September 2018
Adel Alsadoon, a famous Kuwaiti astronomer and historian told media: "I would like to go to China to admire China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope." "The study of astronomy, especially the space technology, requires not only the state's financial support, but also top talents, huge testing sites and sophisticated laboratories. Like China, the United States and Russia, these countries have advanced aviation technology," he said. "The Kuwaiti emir visited China in early July and signed cooperation agreements with China, which provides an opportunity for cooperation between Kuwait and China and in the future we hope to participate in more space science and technology projects of China." Alsadoon noted.
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19 September 2018
On 19 September, at 22:07 h local time, the CZ-3B equipped with the Yuanzheng 1 upper stage, launched two Beidou navigation satellites into orbit. The twin satellites are the 37th and 38th editions of the BeiDou navigation system. After a series of tests and evaluations, they will work together with 12 BeiDou-3 satellites already in orbit.
The twin satellites will provide danger alerts and navigation services for global users. A basic system with 18 orbiting BeiDou-3 satellites will be in place by the end of the year, which will serve countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
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