13 April 2022
On 13 April, the first data package of 44 gigabytes from the Gaofen 3-03 satellite was received by the remote sensing satellite ground station in Miyun on the outskirts of Beijing and the ground station in south China's Sanya, according to the Aerospace Information Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Gaofen 3-03 was launched on 7 April. It will be networked with the orbiting Gaofen 3 and Gaofen 3-02 satellites to form a land-sea radar satellite constellation and capture reliable, stable synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. The satellites will serve the fields of marine disaster prevention and mitigation, dynamic marine environment monitoring, marine research, environmental protection, water conservancy, agriculture and meteorology.
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12 April 2022
By mid-April, the three taikonauts of the SZ-13 crew were finishing their half-year residence in space. They did a thorough cleaning of the space station, collect research items and pack their own stuff before their return. After finishing their work, the "technology verification phase" of the space station project will be completed. The ground team at Dongfeng landing site was also busy preparing for the landing operations, since a new type of vehicles will be deployed which need more rehearsals. The latest comprehensive rehearsal was carried out on 11 April to make sure the return capsule can be found in time after landing in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
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13 April 2022
Research teams from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have published their latest findings from research on CE-5 lunar samples. Using the serial analysis method, researchers obtained space weathering information of silicates, oxides, phosphates and sulfides on the surface from a single basaltic clast of the CE-5 sample. The paper said micrometeorite impact and solar wind irradiation, the dominant space weathering processes, largely modified the composition and microtexture of soil materials on the Moon. The CE-5 mission returned lunar soil samples from a middle latitude (43.06°N) while all Apollo and Luna missions landed in a narrow and low range of lunar latitude.
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12 April 2022
Chinese science blogger Uncle Rocket is visiting the General Rocket Assembly Facility in Tianjin where the rocket components are assembled and tested.
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11 April 2022
Kristin Burke, tries to find an answer to the question what CE-5 is doing at the DRO: "China’s Chang’e 5 (CE-5) orbiter, which as of January 2022 has likely moved to the lunar distant retrograde orbit (DRO), is probably conducting enabling telemetry, tracking and control and Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) tests to support Chinese preparations for the next stage of China’s Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP), according to Chinese government information and Chinese academics. According to western space watchers, if CE-5 is indeed in DRO, it would be the first human-made object there..."
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12 April 2022
Jean Deville explained in this episode of the Dongfang Hour Space Updates! the latest addition to China's new generation of Long March rockets. He focuses on the second new rocket that China has inaugurated in 2022: the SAST-developed Long March 6A - CZ-6A and gives an in-depth insight into the technicalities. 
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