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2009-02-25 10:50:00

China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense will be taking contributions from qualified institutions, such as universities, to help build the nation's first lunar probe, which is expected to land on the moon by 2012, according to the Guangming Daily newspaper. Since becoming the third nation to put a man into space as of October 2003, China has continued to step up its efforts in space, which include plans to reach the moon. The country hopes to put...

2009-01-05 10:30:00

The first joint Chinese-Russian mission to Mars is set to take off in October and reach the red planet in August 2010, an exploration project designer said. A Russian Zenit rocket will launch a Chinese Yinghuo-1 satellite and a Russian Phobos-Grunt unmanned lander, Chen Changya, chief designer of the China-Russia Mars exploration project, told Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po newspaper. Phobos-Grunt is expected to study Mars from orbit, including its atmosphere and dust storms, plasma and radiation,...

2008-09-15 08:45:00

On Sunday, China broadcast greetings and two Taiwanese songs from its first moon probe.  The broadcasts celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival when Chinese families come together to enjoy the vivid autumn moon. The Chang'e-1 satellite, which is named after a lonely goddess believed to live on the moon, was launched in October 2007 and has already made thousands of orbits around the moon since then. "Let's (all Chinese compatriots) enjoy together the bright moon light and look forward to our...

2008-08-16 15:00:14

Chang'e 1, China's first lunar probe satellite, will be tested Sunday when the moon creates a partial eclipse of the sun, officials say. Zijinshan (Purple Mountain) Astronomical Observatory research fellow Wang Sichao said when the eclipse blocks most sunlight from reaching the solar-powered satellite for more than three hours, Chang'e 1 will be forced to operate entirely off its battery supply, China's official state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported Saturday. "The moon's shadow, also a...

2008-08-04 09:00:47

China to release 700 hours of Chang'e-1 data BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- China will release over 700 hours of data sent back by the Chang'e-1 satellite to domestic authorized users and the European Space Agency, according to the State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) on Friday. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, the country's first moon probe satellite had sent back more than 700 hours of data to two ground receiving stations, one in Miyun County on...

2004-11-29 12:00:17

China to accomplish lunar probe program in 13 years: chief lunarscientist BO'AO, Hainan, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- China is now capable of probing the moon and will complete an unmanned lunar probe programin 13 years. These remarks were made by Ouyang Ziyuan, the program's chief scientist, at the ongoing annual conference of China Association of Science and Technology held in Bo'ao, southernmost Hainan Province, on Sunday. There will be no copy of the unmanned lunar probe program, which...

2004-11-25 08:12:19

UDAIPUR, India (AFP) -- China will launch its lunar orbiter Chang'e 1 to explore the moon's environment and study the thickness of its soil by the end of 2007, according to a senior space official. Sun Huixian, deputy chief engineer at the Center for Space Science and Applied Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said Beijing also has plans to send two more unmanned missions by 2010. "Chang'e 1 is slated to be launched towards the end of 2007 and the dates are not decided," Huixian...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'