Shenzhou-14 taikonauts complete 5.5-hour spacewalk

BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Shenzhou-14 crew on board the orbiting Chinese Tiangong space station completed their third spacewalk at 4:50 p.m. (Beijing Time) on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.Photo: XinhuaChen Dong and Cai Xuzhe -- together with Liu Yang who worked inside the core module to support her crewmates -- collaborated to pull off all set tasks. Chen and Cai have since safely returned to the Wentian lab.During the extravehicular activities (EVAs) lasting about five-and-half hours, they installed an out-of-cabin "bridge" that links the core module with the Wentian lab and the Mengtian lab, while Cai completed the first cross-module spacewalk through the bridge.They also unlocked Wentians Panoramic Camera A and mounted assistance handles for the small mechanical arm.These were the first EVAs conducted after the formation of the space stations basic T-shape configuration.The spacewalk examined, for the first time, the collaborative capability of astronauts and mechanical arms, and also further verified the performance of Wentians airlock cabin and supporting facilities in conducting EVAs.

Global emissions levels remain high, report says

JIN DING/CHINA DAILY Despite projected emissions declines from China and the European Union, the world's carbon emissions this year remain at record levels, with no sign of the decrease urgently needed to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 C, according to a recent study. Produced by an i

Shenzhou-14 taikonauts perform third spacewalk

BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Shenzhou-14 crew on board the orbiting Chinese Tiangong space station is conducting their extravehicular activities for the third time, according to the China Manned Space Agency.Commander Chen Dong has already gotten out of the space station, and crew member Cai Xuzhe will subsequently exit. Taikonaut Liu Yang is inside the core module to support her crewmates, the agency said in a brief release on Thursday.They will work together to conduct several extravehicular operations, including the installation of equipment to link modules.This is the seventh spacewalk by taikonauts in the space station. It is expected to last 6.5 hours, the agency said.

NASA's Webb telescope catches fiery hourglass as new star forms

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- NASAs James Webb Space Telescope has revealed the once-hidden features of the protostar within the dark cloud L1527, providing insight into the beginnings of a new star.This undated composite handout image from NASAs James Webb Space Telescope Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) released by NASA and STScl, shows the Protostar within the dark cloud L1527 with ejections from the star above and below appear orange and blue in infrared view. Photo: AFPThese blazing clouds within the Taurus star-forming region are only visible in infrared light, making it an ideal target for Webbs Near-Infrared Camera, said NASA on Wednesday.Webb also reveals filaments of molecular hydrogen that have been shocked as the protostar ejects material away from it.The James Webb Space Telescope is the worlds premier space science observatory.Webb will solve mysteries in the solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of the universe and human place in it, according to NASA.Webb is an international program led by NASA with European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency.

China Space Museum reopens after upgrade

The China Space Museum in Beijing reopened to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Nov 16, 2022. (Photo: China Space Museum in Beijing reopened on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, the nations major maker of carrier rockets and owner of the museum.The museum was constructed and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest Chinese museum focused on the space industry and its programs and is also the largest space museum in Asia, the academy said in a news release.In October 2019, a plan to restructure the museum was approved by the government.Over the past year, the museum was relocated from inside the academy to a new site in a nearby community and underwent a massive upgrade.Compared with the old version, the reopened museum features a broader selection of exhibits ranging from rockets to manned spacecraft. It also has a large amount of precious historical documents collected from space industry institutes, universities and enterprises, according to museum leaders.Jiang Jie, a senior rocket scientist at the academy who was recently appointed curator, said the museum will strive to promulgate culture and knowledge of the space sector and will serve to boost the education of science, technology and patriotism.Established in November 1957, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology is now part of the State-owned conglomerate China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. It is the countrys largest manufacturer of carrier rockets and consists of dozens of institutes and factories.The academys products include the Long March 2F rocket that sends Chinese astronauts on spaceflights and the Long March 5 family, which has played a leading role in the countrys space station and deep-space exploration programs.

First bullet train on China-Laos line sets off

The first bullet train on the China-Laos Railway set off on Tuesday. Photo by Yang Zixuan/For The first bullet train on the China-Laos Railway set off on Tuesday and will shorten the travel time by one hour. Bullet trains travel between Kunming and Mohan, Yunnan province, the dom

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NASA launches new mega rocket on maiden flight to Moon

NASAs new moon rocket sits on Kennedy Space Centers Launch Pad 39-B Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, hours before a planned liftoff in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Photo: AP)NASA launched the most powerful rocket ever built on a journey to the Moon on Wednesday, in a spectacular blaze of light and sound that marked the start of the space agencys new flagship program, Artemis.The 32-story tall Space Launch System (SLS) blasted off from the storied Kennedy Space Center in Florida at around 01:48 am (0648 GMT).

Over 1,800 5G+ industrial Internet projects under construction in China: report

SHENZHEN, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- More than 1,800 5G+ industrial Internet projects were under construction in China in 2021, according to a report on Chinas Internet development.Participants visit the booth of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. at an auxiliary exhibition during the 2021 Global Industrial Internet Conference in Shenyang, capital of northeast Chinas Liaoning Province, Oct. 18, 2021. The 2021 Global Industrial Internet Conference kicked off here on Monday. (Photo: Xinhua)The 1,800-plus projects covered more than 20 key sectors of Chinas national economy such as iron and steel and electric power, said the report released at the 2022 China Internet Conference which kicked off on Tuesday in Shenzhen, south Chinas Guangdong Province.By 2021, there were more than 100 influential industrial Internet platforms in China, connecting with over 76 million devices, said the report.The value of Chinas digital economy reached 45.5 trillion yuan (about 6.46 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2021, ranking second in the world, and the country had built the worlds largest 5G network with more than 1.42 million 5G base stations in operation by the end of last year, according to the report.

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China sees over 100 percent growth in VR investment in 2021

Chinas virtual reality (VR) industry attracted strong investment and financing last year as market players raced to tap the burgeoning high-tech sector.Participants experience VR equipment at VR Industry Expo in Nanchang City, east Chinas Jiangxi Province, November 13, 2022. (Photo: VCG)The scale of investment and financing in VR more than doubled in 2021, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.Currently, there are over 10,000 VR-related firms in China, pushing the technologys applications into various scenarios in industry, culture, and education, among others.Earlier this month, China unveiled a plan to boost the industrys development, aiming to expand its market scale to over 350 billion yuan (about $49.4 billion) by 2026.The plan aims to cultivate 100 top enterprises with strong innovation ability and industry influence, while also aiming to increase the sales of VR to over 25 million units. Globally speaking, the worlds total shipments of VR headsets also increased rapidly in 2021, breaking the annual shipment of 10 million units for the first time.

China launches Yaogan-34 remote sensing satellite

JIUQUAN, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- China successfully sent a new remote sensing satellite of the Yaogan-34 series into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 9:38 am (Beijing Time) on Tuesday.The Yaogan-34 03 satellite, carried by a Long March-4C rocket, successfully entered its planned orbit.This remote sensing satellite will be used in areas such as land resources survey, urban planning, crop yield estimation, and disaster prevention and mitigation.It was the 450th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.

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NASA targets Wednesday for Artemis I moon mission launch

Photo: NASALOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- NASA targets Wednesday, Nov. 16, for the launch of its Artemis I moon mission, according to the latest update of the space agency.It will be NASAs first integrated flight test of its Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft.The launch is scheduled at 1:04 a.m. Wednesday Eastern Standard Time from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Teams conducted thorough assessments at Launch Complex 39B beginning last Thursday to confirm there were no significant impacts from Hurricane Nicole.Meteorologists predicted 90 percent favorable weather conditions for the Artemis I launch.The Artemis I flight test is an uncrewed mission around the moon, which will pave the way for a crewed flight test and future human lunar exploration as part of NASAs Artemis lunar program.

Chinese satellite system added to global maritime safety network

China's BeiDou satellite system was added to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System at a meeting of the International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee in London earlier this month.

Contracts totaling over 10 bln USD signed at VR industry conference in China

NANCHANG, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- A total of 107 projects worth 71.67 billion yuan (about 10.11 billion U.S. dollars) were signed at the 2022 World Conference on the VR Industry, which concluded on Sunday in Nanchang, capital of east Chinas Jiangxi Province.A visitor drives a VR motor at the 2020 World Conference in Nanchang, capital of east Chinas Jiangxi Province, Oct. 19, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)The total contract value of projects related to the VR (virtual reality) industry was 33.92 billion yuan, an increase of 16.52 percent year on year, and electronic information-related industrial projects totaled 37.74 billion yuan.Themed "VR adorns the world, VR brightens the Metaverse," the two-day event zoomed in on development trends, challenges and solutions, cutting-edge technologies, and the latest products in the VR industry.Since its first edition in 2018, the VR industry conference has been held annually in Nanchang. The first four events saw the signature of 435 projects worth a total of 265 billion yuan.

China's Tianzhou-4 cargo craft to reenter atmosphere

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinas Tianzhou-4 cargo craft, tasked with supporting the Shenzhou-14 crewed mission, is scheduled to re-enter the atmosphere in a controlled manner on Tuesday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.This simulated image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on May 10, 2022 shows Chinas cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-4 docking with the combination of the space station core module Tianhe and the Tianzhou-3 cargo craft. (Photo: Xinhua)Most of the spacecrafts components will burn up during the re-entry, and a small amount of its debris will fall into the planned waters of the South Pacific, the agency said in a brief release on Monday.The Tianzhou-4 cargo craft was launched on May 10 from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern province of Hainan. It departed from the space station combination on Nov. 9 and switched to independent flight after completing all assigned tasks.

China establishes protection network for migratory bird flyways

01:09 A migration protection network system was established in China recently, in a bid to safeguard the migration routes of more than 50 million migratory birds of 36 species.The Institute of Forest and Grassland Survey and Plan

Shenzhou-14 crew enters Tianzhou-5 cargo craft

File photoBEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Shenzhou-14 crew entered the Tianzhou-5 cargo craft on Sunday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).They opened the hatch door of Tianzhou-5 at 2:18 p.m. (Beijing Time) and entered the cargo spaceship at 3:03 p.m. (Beijing Time) following preparation work, said the CMSA.The Shenzhou-14 crew will carry out cargo transfer and other related work as planned.(Produced by Du Jieqiong)China launched Tianzhou-5 on Saturday to deliver supplies for the countrys space station, the construction of which is expected to be completed this year.The Long March-7 Y6 rocket, carrying Tianzhou-5, blasted off at 10:03 a.m. (Beijing Time) on Saturday from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern island province of Hainan.About two hours later, Tianzhou-5 conducted a fast automated rendezvous and docking at the rear docking port of the space stations core module Tianhe.

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