China's Cargo Spacecraft Docks with Space Lab[Apr 24, 2017]
The Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft successfully completed automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab at 12:23 p.m. Saturday, according to Beijing Aerospace Control Center. It is the first docking between the spacecraft and space lab.
China Launches First Cargo Spacecraft Tianzhou-1[Apr 21, 2017]
China on Thursday launched its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space, a crucial step for the country in building a space station by approximately 2022. In space, the cargo ship will dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab, provide fuel and other supplies, and conduct space experiments before falling back to Earth.
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, is ready for launch, according to the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province. The center on Tuesday conducted the final rehearsal for the launch, which covered all systems involved in the launch, such as the rocket, spacecraft, launching site and testing, control and communication systems, the center said in a statement.
Scientists Unlock TCM Drug's Role in Weight Loss[Apr 18, 2017]
Chinese scientists have identified the chemical mechanism of celastrol, which they call one of the most potent natural weight-loss agents, marking another step toward its possible future development into a major weight-loss drug. A research team led by Zhang Xiaokun, president of Xiamen University's Institute for Biomedical Research, found celastrol can change a cell's metabolism by eliminating inflamed mitochondria, leading to weight loss. Mitochondria are the cell's "energy factory".
Latest Satellite to Aid Environmental Protection[Apr 18, 2017]
China will launch the Gaofen 5 high-resolution Earth observation satellite in September to help with environmental protection efforts. The Ministry of Environmental Protection, the main user of the Gaofen 5, said the satellite is the most technologically sophisticated in the Gaofen family. It will carry six pieces of scientific equipment including an atmospheric greenhouse gas monitor and a hyper-spectral camera.
China's Space Day Celebrations Centered in Xi'an[Apr 18, 2017]
Major celebrations of China's Space Day will start on April 24 in Xi'an, capital city of northwest China's Shaanxi Province. This year's celebrations will focus on the applications of space technology in economic and social development, said Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.
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