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2016-Apr-22, 11:36 AM
Chinese government approved on March 21 2016 that China will celebrate its National Day of Space Flight every year on April 24, the day when China's first satellite was successfully launched. To celebrate the 1st one they have highlighted five memorable milestones (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/22/c_135303735.htm).

2016-Apr-22, 12:41 PM
As part of the National Space Day celebrations, China has announced plans to launch an average of 30 Long March rockets a year.


The launch of the SJ-10 retrievable scientific research satellite earlier this month marked the 226th mission of the Long March rocket family, and the pace of launches is accelerating.

"Our first 100 Long March missions took us 37 years. But it only took us seven years to complete the latest 100," Chen said.

This year alone, China will conduct more than 20 space missions, including launching two navigation satellites, and a satellite designed for high-definition Earth observation.

China's second orbiting space lab, Tiangong-2, will also be launched in fall this year, and it is scheduled to dock with manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 in the fourth quarter.

Shenzhou-11 will reportedly carry two male Chinese astronauts for a 30-day mission on board Shenzhou-11 and Tiangong-2.

In addition, two new-generation Long March rockets, the heavy-lift Long March-5 and the medium-sized Long March-7, will also make their maiden space trips this year, according to Chen.

2016-Apr-22, 12:50 PM
Andrew Jones has more on China's future plans as well as the celebration.


Xu was speaking ahead of the country’s first space day – April 24 – which was chosen as it marks the day in 1970 when China launched its first satellite, Dongfanghong-1 ('The East is Red'), which continues to orbit the Earth.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of China's aerospace industry, during which time the country has developed its own launch vehicles, put astronauts into orbit, starting with Yang Liwei in 2003, soft-landed on the Moon with Chang'e-3, and developed a range of space-related capabilities and technologies.

A host of public events and activities (link in Chinese) have been arranged around China's Space Day (中国航天日), including lectures and exhibitions in various cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Lanzhou, Xi'an and more, by institutes and organisations involved in China's space program.

2016-Apr-23, 12:33 AM
As part of China's first space day there will be lectures and exhibitions in various cities. This article describes Liu Wang, an astronaut who flew on Shenzhou-9 visiting a high school in Beijing yesterday.


Liu encouraged students to study science and technology well, to prepare for future aerospace studies.

"Space technology is based on practical technology in areas such as materials and energy. The advancement of space technology can promote the development of practical technology, that is why China has been allocating so many resources to space technology," said Liu.

Liu showed pictures of how astronauts eat, drink, sleep and conduct experiments under microgravity conditions.

What impressed the students most was the landscape of the earth that astronauts see over 300 km high in the sky. Liu said the oceans, continents, islands, rivers, lakes and the nightscape of cities on the earth can be clearly seen from the spaceship.

"Only when you leave the earth can you feel the beauty of the earth as the home for humans," said Liu, who advised students to conserve resources and protect the environment.

2016-Apr-23, 09:20 PM
As part of the celebrations watch CCTV programme "China to enter fast track in space exploration" (http://english.cctv.com/2016/04/23/VIDEGoIXnd0uML38TdxHBt3k160423.shtml)

2016-Apr-23, 09:38 PM
Watch CCTV to hear China's past space achievements and future plans (http://english.cctv.com/2016/04/23/VIDEgIcbFq1XDEb1mHa25mxv160423.shtml).

2016-Apr-23, 09:55 PM
Read the ups and downs that Chinese scientists had to endure to put China's first satellite into orbit.


In the autumn of 1965, scientists met for 42 consecutive days to discuss the satellite plan. The launch was scheduled for 1970.

Finally, everything seemed to be on the right track, but then came the Cultural Revolution.

In early 1967, many scientists, including Wang Xiji, chief designer of Long March-1, were denounced and sidelined.

Rocket expert Yao Tongbin was beaten to death in the doorway of his home. Zhao Jiuzhang committed suicide rather than endure more persecution. Qian Ji, who drafted the launch plan, was identified as a "reactionary academic authority."

"It was a chaotic time," said Qi Faren, who took part in the Dongfanghong-1 mission and went on to head up China's Shenzhou-5 manned space program.

"Many people made outstanding contributions [to Dongfanghong-1] but were sidelined, some even persecuted. They should not have been treated like this," Qi said.

As scientific research ground to a halt in almost every field, then Premier Zhou Enlai and Vice Premier Nie Rongzhen decided to act to keep the satellite mission alive. They established the China Academy of Space Technology as an arm of the military under the Communist Party's leadership.

2016-Apr-24, 08:18 AM
As part of the celebrations, China has released 3 high-resolution image of lunar surface (http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/979770.shtml) taken by the Chang'e 3 lander.

2016-Apr-24, 09:19 PM
A write up on China's 1st space day (http://gbtimes.com/china/china-celebrates-first-space-day-and-looks-stars) as well as their major achievements and future plans. Couple of speeches (http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-04/23/content_38309726.htm).

2016-May-03, 02:31 PM
CCTV America released a few video clips in conjunction with China's 1st space day.


China recently celebrated its first Space Day marked by a flag-raising ceremony in Beijing. Space Day marks the launch of the country’s first man-made satellite 46 years ago.
On April 24th 1970, China launched its first man-made satellite, the Dongfanghong-1.

Now China has revealed plans to explore Mars and build its own space station. Among China’s major space projects is a new generation of launch vehicles.
The first take-off is expected in just a few months. CCTV’s Ning Hong reports.[/url]