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China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation’s (CRRC) unveiled the world’s first high-speed maglev transportation system with a speed of 600 km/h (373 mph) in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong Province on Tuesday. This transportation system would fill the gap between bullet trains that run at around 350 km/h (217 mph) and airplanes that cruise at 800 km/h (497 mph). Once complete, it can transport passengers from Shenzhen to Shanghai in just 2.5-hours instead of the normal 10-hours. Read more for a video and additional information.
Spanning 58,600-square-meters, the Shanghai Astronomy Museum boasts the world’s largest planetarium and it just opened to the public today. The museum itself showcases innovative architecture, compete with themed exhibition areas, immersive technologies, and scientific collections. When viewed from the air, the main building resembles a collection of astronomical instruments with a circular skylight, an inverted spherical dome, and a dome theater. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
China’s Zhurong Mars rover has officially traveled more than 509-meters (1670-feet) on the Martian surface as of 11pm on Saturday (July 17th), and during its journey, the parachute it used during landing was spotted. The rover is expected to arrive at the second sand dune on its journey and proceed to carry out a detailed survey of the formation as well as the surrounding environment. Read more for a video and additional information.
Astronauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo successfully completed their first spacewalk of the Tianhe space station construction stage, the second spacewalk in China’s history since the Shenzhou-7 mission in 2008. In this extravehicular activity (EVA) session, they donned new space suits to install important equipment, including a 10-meter-long robotic arm that will be used for moving space modules in the future. Read more for a video and additional information.
Most earthquake-proof residential building take at least months to complete, but this 10-story structure from China-based Broad Group only took slightly over 28-hours to erect. Located in Changsha city, the company utilized prefabricated construction systems to speed up the project, with its rooms as well as other building modules having already been prepped in a factory. These completed modules were later transported to the site on trucks. Read more for a video and additional information.
China’s Zhurong rover has just sent back video of its descent, which includes footage of thesupersonic disk-gap-band parachute, as well as the sounds of Mars. The solar-powered 530-pound vehicle is currently surveying an area of the Red Planet known as Utopia Planitia, scouring it for signs of water or ice that could provide clues as to whether Mars ever sustained life. Zhurong is set to move and stop in slow intervals, with each interval estimated to be just 33-feet over the course of three days. Read more for two videos and additional information.
China has already revealed a roadmap for its upcoming crewed missions to Mars, but they may have something else planned that seems to be straight out of a science fiction movie: a Sky Ladder. Simply put, this space elevator of sorts aims to help transport humans and cargo to the Red Planet at a fraction of what it would normally cost. Read more for a video on space elevators and additional information.
China successfully launched three astronauts – Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo – into space on Thursday aboard the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft sitting atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert. It will send the crew to the core module of the planned space station, called Tiangong (Heavenly Palace), which is currently being constructed in low Earth orbit. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has just released the first images captured by their Zhurong Mars rover, including a panorama of the landing site, Martian topography / landforms, the landing platform, as well as a selfie with the landing platform. These images marks a complete success of China’s first Mars exploration mission. In the panorama, you can see lots of different-sized rocks in the landing site indicating a good autonomous site selection. Read more for a video and additional information.
China’s Xian H-20, nicknamed “god of war in the sky”, is the country’s latest stealth bomber, and it has an impressive 5,000-mile range. Its clad in a matte gray radar-absorbent material and boasts ultra efficient low-drag wings that give it intercontinental range, as well as making it nearly invisible when flying. The aircraft can be equipped with nuclear, hypersonic and conventional cruise missiles, with a maximum take-off weight of 200 tonnes. Read more for a video and additional information.