Tianzhou-1 Completes Its First in-orbit Refueling Test[Apr 28, 2017]
China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 on Thursday completed its first on-orbit refueling test five days after successfully docking with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab. Zhang Youxia, chief commander of the mission, said the refueling test was successful. The CPC Central Committee, the State Council and Central Military Commission expressed congratulations to the researchers and staff involved in the mission.
China Vows to Change Scientific Evaluation System[Apr 27, 2017]
China has put increased focus on scientific development in recent years, but the country is still seeking solutions on how to improve its evaluation system. Wan Gang, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology, said a committee of senior experts will be formed to carry out appraisals before each major scientific project is launched. In addition, professional agents will be hired to manage each project, instead of government and supervisors of science and technology managing the programs themselves.
China Begins Deep-sea Probe in South China Sea[Apr 26, 2017]
Chinese scientists embarked on a deep-sea mission in the South China Sea on Tuesday, the beginning of the second stage of China's 38th oceanic expedition. China's manned submersible Jiaolong with her crew of scientists arrived in the location aboard the mother ship Xiangyanghong 09 on Tuesday.
China will increase its annual per capita spending on research and development (R&D) to 500,000 yuan (72,800 U.S. dollars) by 2020 from 370,000 yuan in 2014, the Ministry of Science and Technology said Monday. According to the 13th five-year plan for national science and technology talent development (2016-2020) released by the ministry, China had 5.35 million people working in R&D by the end of 2015, the world's largest pool of R&D talent.
Jiaolong, China's manned submersible, went through a dive simulation in Sanya, Hainan Province on Saturday to prepare for a deep descent in the South China Sea. The submersible stayed underwater for 18 minutes in Saturday's drill before returning Xiangyanghong 09, the mother ship, completing tasks including underwater training for its crew.
As astronauts continue to break records for time spent in space and manned Mars exploration is under discussion, scientists in China have begun a groundbreaking study to determine if humans can reproduce in space. Scientists will for the first time conduct an experiment to induce the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into germ cells on China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1.
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