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Zachary Stell 2020-12-19
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China’s coming off a very successful mission with the Chang’e 5 returning its samples to Earth recently. With one complicated and successful mission under its belt, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has begun to talk about plans for future space missions. The agency outlined a new three-step plan detailing its plans for future moon and deep space exploration. CNSA … Continue reading
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Owen Grundy 2021-06-12
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The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has shared new images of its Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars.
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Lucas Castillo 2021-06-27
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The China National Space Administration has shared video and audio footage of the Zhurong rover in action on the surface of Mars.
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Beatrice Patterson 2021-06-29
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Chinese space agency emits footage of Red Planet rover

Videos  The China National Space Administration has released videos and pictures of its first Mars rover scooting around on the surface of the Red Planet.…

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Joseph Wiles 2019-01-04
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(China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released a stunning new image of the tracks made by the lunar rover that landed on the far side of the lunar surface.

The Jade Rabbit 2, as the rover is called, drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing on the Moon's far side.

A photo posted online by China's space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft.

"It's a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation," Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, told state broadcaster CCTV, in a twist of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous comment when he became the first human to walk on the Moon in 1969.

"This giant leap is a decisive move for our exploration of space and the conquering of the universe."

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Gerald Hurtado 2019-02-02
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China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon touched down a few weeks ago and has been investigating rarely-seen parts of the lunar surface since then.

And now it has released a surprising finding — apparently the lunar nights are colder than expected.

It’s not just Americans who are chilly right now — the Chang’e 4 rover is feeling the cold on the Moon too.

The rover has measured temperatures at night as low as minus 190 degrees Celsius (-310 degrees Fahrenheit) which the China National Space Administration (CNSA) described as “colder than scientists expected.” The measurements came from the Chang’e 4 after it spent two weeks in standby mode since landing.

On Wednesday, it activated and began recording data and the temperatures recorded came from its first active lunar night.

The cold temperatures are not merely a curiosity — they could indicate that the geology is different on the far side of the Moon than the nearer side.

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Jermaine Dusenbery 2019-01-11
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The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is giving us a firsthand look at a mysterious part of the moon after placing its Chang'e 4 lander on the lunar far side in early January.

CNSA released some new views on Friday of the far side's two human-made residents, the lander and the Jade Rabbit 2 (Yutu 2) rover.

The machines took each other's portraits.

The rover is exploring the landing site in the Von Kármán crater on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth, sometimes called "the dark side of the moon" even though it receives plenty of sunlight.

The rover is powered by solar panels.

CNSA also shared some intriguing panorama images from the crater, including a ring panorama centered around the lander.

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Donald Mansour 2021-07-18
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China's Zhurong rover is exploring the surface of Mars and recently stopped by the site of its parachute and backshell.
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Efrain Johnson 2019-01-11
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China recently landed the first space mission ever, called Chang'e 4, on the far side of the moon.

The mission's landing spacecraft and Yutu-2 rover were sent to probe the moon's geology, seek out water, study the night sky, and even grow silkworms on the lunar surface.

Both spacecraft recently woke up from a " noon nap" to survive searing-hot temperatures.

China has released a detailed panoramic image taken by the first-ever spacecraft to land on the half of the moon we can't see from Earth.

The car-size lander and smaller rover it deployed, called Yutu-2, are designed to probe the region over the next six months.

This helped the mission survive the equivalent of high noon on the moon, during which lunar surface temperatures can reach more than 240 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Ronald Black 2019-02-06
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A unique view of the Moon, with its far side facing the camera and an unsettlingly tiny Earth lurking in the background, has been captured by China’s Longjiang-2 satellite.

China’s Longjiang-2 satellite, along with the Queqiao communications probe, has been in lunar orbit since June 2018.

Longjiang-1, a sister satellite to Longjiang-2, didn’t manage to leave Earth’s orbit after launch in late May, but that’s been the only dark spot on what has otherwise been a successful mission for the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and its effort to study the Moon’s far side.

Back in early January, the Chang’e-4 lunar probe, which launched in December 2018, successfully landed on the Moon’s far side, deploying its tiny robot, snapping stunning panoramas, taking the temperature of the Moon’s ashen regolith, and even doing some pioneering lunar gardening.

But none of this would be possible without Longjiang-2 and Queqiao, which are serving as critical relay satellites, allowing mission controllers to stay in contact with Chang’e-4 as it works on the Moon’s hidden side.

Longjiang-2 is a microsatellite measuring just 20 inches across, and it’s equipped with a Saudi Arabian-built optical camera.

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Charles Rodriguez 2021-05-09
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The world has been watching the skies as a Chinese rocket came tumbling back to Earth in an uncontrolled reentry. The debris landed in the Indian Ocean.
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Robert Flowers 2021-04-25
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On April 24, an unverified English-language Twitter account supposedly belonging to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) posted a cryptic tweet that reads: “With great ceremony we announce the confirmation of intelligent life!” This, as you’d expect, surprised and confused many people who are trying to figure out what it means. The tweet has proven to be a weekend mystery, … Continue reading
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Eric Spilde 2021-02-24
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China’s Mars mission, called Tianwen-1, is going very well so far. This week the spacecraft successfully completed its third braking maneuver and entered a parking orbit around Mars on Wednesday at about 6:29 AM BJT. The announcement was made this morning by the China National Space Administration. The probe will orbit Mars for three months conducting scientific explorations using cameras … Continue reading
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Angel Collins 2019-01-17
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Among its cargo is a miniature lunar biosphere developed by scientists at Chongqing University.

This experiment consists of a 7-inch-long, airtight container filled with soil, air, water, various seeds, yeast, and fruit fly eggs.

Together, these components are meant to kickstart a simple ecosystem, the purpose of which is to test the viability of sustaining a future colony on the Moon.

A built-in heat system facilitates growth and prevents the biological material from freezing, reports the Xinhua news agency, while two small cameras allow for observations.

An image released today by the China National Space Administration showed green cotton shoots reaching upward from a lattice inside the canister, reports the South China Morning Post.

It’s the first time – as far as we know – that a plant has germinated on a Solar System object other than Earth.

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Albert Colburn 2021-02-05
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The Chinese spacecraft is one of three arriving at the red planet this month. Its destination is near.
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Brendon Dwelle 2021-05-19
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The Zhurong rover returned its first photos from Mars this week, marking another first for China. China is now the second nation on our planet Earth to land a craft on Mars and keep said probe operational for a period long enough to snap some photos. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) released video of the release of the craft … Continue reading
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Zachary Stell 2020-12-19
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China’s coming off a very successful mission with the Chang’e 5 returning its samples to Earth recently. With one complicated and successful mission under its belt, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has begun to talk about plans for future space missions. The agency outlined a new three-step plan detailing its plans for future moon and deep space exploration. CNSA … Continue reading
Lucas Castillo 2021-06-27
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The China National Space Administration has shared video and audio footage of the Zhurong rover in action on the surface of Mars.
Joseph Wiles 2019-01-04
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(China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released a stunning new image of the tracks made by the lunar rover that landed on the far side of the lunar surface.

The Jade Rabbit 2, as the rover is called, drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing on the Moon's far side.

A photo posted online by China's space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft.

"It's a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation," Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, told state broadcaster CCTV, in a twist of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous comment when he became the first human to walk on the Moon in 1969.

"This giant leap is a decisive move for our exploration of space and the conquering of the universe."

Jermaine Dusenbery 2019-01-11
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The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is giving us a firsthand look at a mysterious part of the moon after placing its Chang'e 4 lander on the lunar far side in early January.

CNSA released some new views on Friday of the far side's two human-made residents, the lander and the Jade Rabbit 2 (Yutu 2) rover.

The machines took each other's portraits.

The rover is exploring the landing site in the Von Kármán crater on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth, sometimes called "the dark side of the moon" even though it receives plenty of sunlight.

The rover is powered by solar panels.

CNSA also shared some intriguing panorama images from the crater, including a ring panorama centered around the lander.

Efrain Johnson 2019-01-11
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China recently landed the first space mission ever, called Chang'e 4, on the far side of the moon.

The mission's landing spacecraft and Yutu-2 rover were sent to probe the moon's geology, seek out water, study the night sky, and even grow silkworms on the lunar surface.

Both spacecraft recently woke up from a " noon nap" to survive searing-hot temperatures.

China has released a detailed panoramic image taken by the first-ever spacecraft to land on the half of the moon we can't see from Earth.

The car-size lander and smaller rover it deployed, called Yutu-2, are designed to probe the region over the next six months.

This helped the mission survive the equivalent of high noon on the moon, during which lunar surface temperatures can reach more than 240 degrees Fahrenheit.

Charles Rodriguez 2021-05-09
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The world has been watching the skies as a Chinese rocket came tumbling back to Earth in an uncontrolled reentry. The debris landed in the Indian Ocean.
Eric Spilde 2021-02-24
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China’s Mars mission, called Tianwen-1, is going very well so far. This week the spacecraft successfully completed its third braking maneuver and entered a parking orbit around Mars on Wednesday at about 6:29 AM BJT. The announcement was made this morning by the China National Space Administration. The probe will orbit Mars for three months conducting scientific explorations using cameras … Continue reading
Albert Colburn 2021-02-05
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The Chinese spacecraft is one of three arriving at the red planet this month. Its destination is near.
Owen Grundy 2021-06-12
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The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has shared new images of its Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars.
Beatrice Patterson 2021-06-29
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Chinese space agency emits footage of Red Planet rover

Videos  The China National Space Administration has released videos and pictures of its first Mars rover scooting around on the surface of the Red Planet.…

Gerald Hurtado 2019-02-02
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China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon touched down a few weeks ago and has been investigating rarely-seen parts of the lunar surface since then.

And now it has released a surprising finding — apparently the lunar nights are colder than expected.

It’s not just Americans who are chilly right now — the Chang’e 4 rover is feeling the cold on the Moon too.

The rover has measured temperatures at night as low as minus 190 degrees Celsius (-310 degrees Fahrenheit) which the China National Space Administration (CNSA) described as “colder than scientists expected.” The measurements came from the Chang’e 4 after it spent two weeks in standby mode since landing.

On Wednesday, it activated and began recording data and the temperatures recorded came from its first active lunar night.

The cold temperatures are not merely a curiosity — they could indicate that the geology is different on the far side of the Moon than the nearer side.

Donald Mansour 2021-07-18
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China's Zhurong rover is exploring the surface of Mars and recently stopped by the site of its parachute and backshell.
Ronald Black 2019-02-06
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A unique view of the Moon, with its far side facing the camera and an unsettlingly tiny Earth lurking in the background, has been captured by China’s Longjiang-2 satellite.

China’s Longjiang-2 satellite, along with the Queqiao communications probe, has been in lunar orbit since June 2018.

Longjiang-1, a sister satellite to Longjiang-2, didn’t manage to leave Earth’s orbit after launch in late May, but that’s been the only dark spot on what has otherwise been a successful mission for the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and its effort to study the Moon’s far side.

Back in early January, the Chang’e-4 lunar probe, which launched in December 2018, successfully landed on the Moon’s far side, deploying its tiny robot, snapping stunning panoramas, taking the temperature of the Moon’s ashen regolith, and even doing some pioneering lunar gardening.

But none of this would be possible without Longjiang-2 and Queqiao, which are serving as critical relay satellites, allowing mission controllers to stay in contact with Chang’e-4 as it works on the Moon’s hidden side.

Longjiang-2 is a microsatellite measuring just 20 inches across, and it’s equipped with a Saudi Arabian-built optical camera.

Robert Flowers 2021-04-25
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On April 24, an unverified English-language Twitter account supposedly belonging to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) posted a cryptic tweet that reads: “With great ceremony we announce the confirmation of intelligent life!” This, as you’d expect, surprised and confused many people who are trying to figure out what it means. The tweet has proven to be a weekend mystery, … Continue reading
Angel Collins 2019-01-17
img

Among its cargo is a miniature lunar biosphere developed by scientists at Chongqing University.

This experiment consists of a 7-inch-long, airtight container filled with soil, air, water, various seeds, yeast, and fruit fly eggs.

Together, these components are meant to kickstart a simple ecosystem, the purpose of which is to test the viability of sustaining a future colony on the Moon.

A built-in heat system facilitates growth and prevents the biological material from freezing, reports the Xinhua news agency, while two small cameras allow for observations.

An image released today by the China National Space Administration showed green cotton shoots reaching upward from a lattice inside the canister, reports the South China Morning Post.

It’s the first time – as far as we know – that a plant has germinated on a Solar System object other than Earth.

Brendon Dwelle 2021-05-19
img
The Zhurong rover returned its first photos from Mars this week, marking another first for China. China is now the second nation on our planet Earth to land a craft on Mars and keep said probe operational for a period long enough to snap some photos. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) released video of the release of the craft … Continue reading