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China lands rover on Mars in ‘milestone’ achievement From “World”




China’s space program joins NASA as the only nations to have rovers on the Red Planet.







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China completes historic Mars spacecraft landing From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



The Long March 5 Y-4 rocket, carrying an unmanned Mars probe of the Tianwen-1 mission, takes off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang, Hainan Province (File Photo)BEIJING: An uncrewed Chinese spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Saturday, state news agency Xinhua reported, making China the second space-faring nation after the United States to land on the Red Planet. The Tianwen-1 spacecraft landed on a site on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, “leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars for the first time,” Xinhua said. Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a message of congratulations to all the people involved in the mission. “You were brave enough for the challenge, pursued excellence and placed our country in the advanced ranks of planetary exploration,” he said. “Your outstanding achievement will forever be etched in the memories of the motherland and the people.” The craft left its parked orbit at about 1700 GMT Friday (0100 Beijing time Saturday). The landing module separated from the orbiter three hours later and entered the Martian atmosphere, the official China Space News said. It said the landing process consisted of “nine minutes of terror” as the module decelerates and then slowly descends. The official landing time was 2318 GMT (0718 Beijing time), Xinhua said, citing the China National Space Administration. The rover took more than 17 minutes to unfold its solar panels and antenna and send signals to ground controllers more than 320 million kilometres away. The rover, named Zhurong, will now survey the landing site before departing from its platform to conduct inspections. Named after a mythical Chinese god of fire, Zhurong has six scientific instruments including a high-resolution topography camera. It will study the planet’s surface soil and atmosphere. Zhurong will also look for signs of ancient life, including any sub-surface water and ice, using a ground-penetrating radar. Tianwen-1, or “Questions to Heaven”, after a Chinese poem written two millennia ago, is China’s first independent mission to Mars. A probe co-launched with Russia in 2011 failed to leave the Earth’s orbit. The five-tonne spacecraft blasted off from the southern Chinese island of Hainan in July last year, launched by the powerful Long March 5 rocket. After more than six months in transit, Tianwen-1 reached the Red Planet in February where it had been in orbit since. If Zhurong is successfully deployed, China would be the first country to orbit, land and release a rover in its maiden mission to Mars. Tianwen-1 was one of three that reached Mars in February, with U.S. rover Perseverance successfully touching down on Feb. 18 in a huge depression called Jezero Crater, more than 2,000 km away from Utopia Planitia. Hope – the third spacecraft that arrived at Mars in February this year – is not designed to make a landing. Launched by the United Arab Emirates, it is currently orbiting above Mars gathering data on its weather and atmosphere. The first successful landing ever was made by NASA’s Viking 1 in July 1976 and then by Viking 2 in September that year. A Mars probe launched by the former Soviet Union landed in December 1971, but communication was lost seconds after landing. China is pursuing an ambitious space programme. It is testing reusable spacecraft and is also planning to establish manned lunar research station. In a commentary published on Saturday, Xinhua said China was “not looking to compete for leadership in space” but was committed to “unveiling the secrets of the universe and contributing to humanity’s peaceful use of space.” FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Back-to-back tornadoes kill 12 in China; over 300 injured From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



BEIJING (AP) — Back-to-back tornadoes killed 12 people in central and eastern China and left more than 300 others injured, authorities said Saturday.Eight people died in the inland city of Wuhan on Friday night and four others in the town of Shengze, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east in Jiangsu province, local governments said.The first tornado struck Shengze about 7 p.m., damaging homes and factories and knocking out power, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The Suzhou city government, which oversees the town, said in a social media post that four people had died and 149 others had minor injuries. Shengze is near Shanghai on China’s east coast.Another tornado hit Wuhan at about 8:40 p.m. with winds of 86 kilometers (53 miles) per hour, destroying more than two dozen homes and triggering a power outage affecting 26,600 households, Xinhua said. Officials in Wuhan said at a news conference Saturday that eight had died and 230 were injured.They said that 28 homes collapsed in Wuhan, another 130 were damaged and put economic losses at 37 million yuan ($5.7 million), the Hubei Daily newspaper said. Construction site sheds and two cranes were also damaged, while downed power lines knocked out electricity, Xinhua said.Photos showed a swarm of rescuers searching through building debris in Wuhan after midnight Friday and workers clearing metallic debris at a factory in Shengze in the morning.Wuhan is the city where COVID-19 was first detected in late 2019.Tornados are rare in China. In July 2019, a tornado killed six people in the northeastern Liaoning province, and another tornado the following month killed eight on the southern resort island of Hainan.In 2016, a tornado and accompanying hailstorm killed 98 people in the eastern Jiangsu province.







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Japan, US, France hold military drill eyeing China presence From “World”




Dozens of Japanese, American and French troops have continued to hold their first-ever joint drills on Japanese soil







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Back-to-back tornadoes kill 10 in China; over 300 injured From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



A tornado first struck Shengze, toppling factory buildings and damaging electricity facilities. AP PhotoBEIJING: Back-to-back tornadoes killed at least 10 people in central and eastern China and left more than 300 others injured, officials and state media reported Saturday. Six people died in the inland city of Wuhan and four others in the town of Shengze, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east in Jiangsu province, local government statements said. A tornado first struck Shengze about 7 pm Friday, toppling factory buildings and damaging electricity facilities, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The Suzhou city government, which oversees the town, said in a social media post that four people had died and 149 others had minor injuries. Shengze is near Shanghai on China’s east coast. A tornado then hit Wuhan about 8:40 pm with winds of 86 kilometers (53 miles) per hour, destroying more than two dozen homes and triggering a power outage affecting 26,600 households, Xinhua reported. The Wuhan government said six people had died and 218 were injured. Xinhua said that 27 homes collapsed in Wuhan, and another 130 were damaged. Construction site sheds and two cranes were also damaged, while downed power lines knocked out electricity, the news agency reported. Photos showed a swarm of rescuers searching through building debris in Wuhan after midnight Friday and workers clearing metallic debris at a factory in Shengze in the morning. Wuhan is the city where Covid-19 was first detected in late 2019. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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China Zhurong rover: Spacecraft successfully lands on Mars From “BBC News – World”



China has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, state media announced early on Saturday. It used a protective capsule, a parachute and a rocket platform to make the safe descent. Before now, the US had been the only ones to master landing on Mars.Read more: China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars







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China cancels Everest climbs over fears of virus from Nepal From “World”




China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing COVID-19 cases from neighboring Nepal







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Australia will be ‘patient’ in relations with China, says deputy PM From “International: Top News And Analysis”



Australia will be “patient” as it seeks to repair relations with Beijing, said Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.His country will also be looking for ways to broaden its trade interests, he told CNBC on Thursday.Last week, China announced it would “indefinitely” suspend economic dialogue with Australia, the latest in the rift between both countries. Their relations have soured since last year after Canberra supported an international inquiry into China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.Trade in some products has been caught in the fallout. Beijing has for months targeted a growing list of imported products from Down Under — putting tariffs on wine and barley, and suspending beef imports.When asked on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” what he was willing to do to bring China to the negotiating table following the suspension, McCormack said: “We’ll be patient, we always are.”On Thursday, China’s Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng told reporters in Beijing that Australia needs to halt its “wrong actions” that “interfere” with its trade with China. He also said Australia needs to take steps to promote the healthy development of trade.Gao did not specify what these measures should be. That’s based on a CNBC translation of his Mandarin-language comments.China’s overall trade with Australia grew in April, despite the tensions. Chinese imports from Australia rose 49% to $14.87 billion, while exports rose 20% to $5.25 billion, China’s customs agency said earlier this month.”We understand that we’ve got the world’s best products,” McCormack said. “I know our mining resources are valued right across the world … whether it’s coal, whether it’s iron ore … iron ore prices are very strong at the moment.”Beijing imports 60% of its iron ore from Australia, and is heavily dependent on the commodity, which it uses to make steel. China is the world’s top producer of steel. The country is also the world’s largest coal consumer and its greatest source of coal imports was Australia.”Indeed our resources are greatly valued, greatly in demand around the world, and whether it’s China, or any other country, we will work with them always in a friendly and diplomatic and responsible way,” McCormack concluded.He also separately said that Australia is looking to “broaden” its trade interests.”China is a big market for us … we also understand there’s a big world out there … our resources are in great demand and we’ll continue to make sure we diversify our markets,” McCormack told CNBC.







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China has landed on Mars : worldnews From “World News”



Literally a year ago US had border internment camps with rampant child abuse and subhuman standards of living, yet when NASA sends a robot to Mars, no one hears a peep about those camps. Guantanamo is still around, not very pleasant Yelp reviews from those detainees either.







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China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars From “BBC News – World”



The six-wheeled robot has made the hazardous descent to the surface of the Red Planet, China announces.







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