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Andrew Jones
Journalist tracking China's space programme. Correspondent at ; bylines: | andrew.w.jones-at-protonmail
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Andrew Jones 5h
Replying to @Kaynouky
Mid September. Can't recall the precise day right now.
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Kaynouky 8h
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Andrew Jones 7h
Replying to @AJ_FI
The Long March 8 may become China's first VTVL rocket developed by China's main space contractor (though commercial companies might get there first). This launch will be expendable, however.
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Andrew Jones 7h
The vessel Xu Yang 16, which has transported Long March 7 launcher components, has recently travelled from Tianjin to Qinglan port, Hainan. It likely transported the first Long March 8, ready for delivery to Wenchang and launch in late December.
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SPACE.com Oct 28
China chooses landing site for its Tianwen-1 Mars rover
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Caleb Henry Oct 30
This was my final article from my time (wasn't published until after I left). Thanks for talking with me about all things FCC and space!
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Andrew Jones Oct 30
Replying to @AJ_FI
For an example of the slides that came out of the China Space Conference:
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Andrew Jones Oct 30
China outlines architecture for future crewed moon landings
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Andrew Jones Oct 30
Replying to @zardutrap
May have to wait for an clear, open indication of this. Perhaps at the Parliamentary sessions in Beijing in March, or a new space white paper on late 2021.
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Andrew Jones Oct 30
Replying to @dburbach
There are a number of papers indicating possible sites, but these seem to be academic exercises and not a disclosure of the exact target point. Phil Stooke has created some maps indicating the region and a preferred landing area.
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Andrew Jones Oct 30
Hayabusa2’s impactor disturbed boulders within a 30m radius from the center of the impact crater, providing important insight into asteroids’ resurfacing processes.
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Oct 29
I’ve officially closed the Sample Return Capsule! The sample of Bennu is sealed inside and ready for our voyage back to Earth. The SRC will touch down in the Utah desert on Sep. 24, 2023. Thanks, everyone, for being a part of my journey
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Eric Berger Oct 29
Replying to @SciGuySpace
Neuenschwander confirms the James Webb Space Telescope remains on schedule to fly on the Ariane V rocket in October, 2021. This venerable booster is now likely to fly until the end of 2022 or early 2023.
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Eric Berger Oct 29
Per this call, has spent 3.8 billion Euros developing the Ariane 6 rocket. This includes about 500 million Euros for the launch site in French Guiana.
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ESA Oct 29
and are being developed by ESA to assure Europe’s independent access to space. The maiden flight for Vega-C is planned to take place in June 2021, that for Ariane 6 for the second quarter of 2022 👉
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Andrew Jones Oct 29
‘Like froth on a cappuccino’: spacecraft’s chaotic landing reveals comet’s softness
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Andrew Jones Oct 29
Yutu-2 rover on the far side of the Moon snapped this PCAM image of a crater during the recently completed lunar day 23 of the Chang'e-4 mission. Source: OurSpace -
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Jonathan McDowell Oct 28
Another Chinese CZ-3B rocket third stage has reentered, this time at 0421 UTC Oct 28 between Ascension and St Helena in the S Atlantic. CZ-3B Y37 was left in geotransfer orbit after the 2015 launch of Gao Fen 4. This comes 3 days after CZ-3B Y12 reentered over Hawaii
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Jeff Foust Oct 28
Replying to @jeff_foust
Bridenstine: America is behind sending the first woman to the Moon. There’s not 100% support, but those familiar with it support it. Haven’t seen that level of enthusiasm from the American public in a long time.
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Marcia Smith Oct 28
Barrett notes recent Russian "nesting dolls" space operations "threateningly close" to one of our sats and China's recent launch of a spaceplane that "is charmingly, or should I say suspiciously" similar to ours, which released a second satellite before reentry.
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