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Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

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A Chinese rover and lander have taken images of each other on the Moon's surface.The Chinese space agency says the spacecraft are in good working order after touching down on the lunar far side on 3 January.Also released are new panoramic images of the landing site, along with video of the vehicles touching down.The rover and lander are carrying instruments to analyse the region's geology.The Chang'e-4 mission is the first to explore the Moon's far side from the surface. The rover has just awoken from a period on "standby".Controllers placed it in this mode shortly after the touchdown as a precaution against high temperatures, as the Sun rose to its highest point over th...
China Moon mission lands Chang'e-4 spacecraft on far side

China Moon mission lands Chang'e-4 spacecraft on far side

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device China says it has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, the first ever such attempt and landing.At 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT), the un-crewed Chang'e-4 probe touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, state media said.It is carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region's geology, as well to conduct biological experiments.The landing is being seen as a major milestone in space exploration.There have been numerous missions to the Moon in recent years, but the vast majority have been to orbit, fly by or impact. The last crewed landing was Apollo 17 in 1972.Why China has its eye on the stars ...
US stocks fall as China fears trigger gloom

US stocks fall as China fears trigger gloom

Business
Shares on Wall Street sank deeper on Thursday after Apple said weak sales in China had hurt its business, stoking wider concerns over trade tensions and economic slowdown.A revenue warning from a major airline, as well as some data showing declines in US car sales and manufacturing activity last month added to the gloom.The Nasdaq plunged 3%, the Dow tumbled 2.8% and the S&P 500 fell 2.5%.Apple was the biggest loser on the Dow, plunging almost 10%.The declines added to the losses that have rocked markets in recent months.Investors are trying to gauge the effects on companies of rising interest rates, trade tensions and signs of economic slowdown - especially in China, the world's second largest economy."The story here is that the trade war, coupled wi...
China lands first spacecraft on far side of moon

China lands first spacecraft on far side of moon

Science
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A spacecraft has landed on the far side of the moon for the first time, China's National Space Administration announced Thursday. The rover Chang'e-4, which is named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology, landed at 10:26 a.m. Beijing time in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, which is an impact crater, {link:state news agency Xinhua "http://english.cctv.com/2019/01/03/ARTIHC3ASInYbesRobBK8Bhv190103.shtml" target="_blank"} reported. The United States and the Soviet Union are the only other nations to make a "soft landing" on the moon but no other country has touched down on the side of the moon that always faces away from the Earth. In 2013, China landed a rover on the moon's other side. "This space mission shows that China has reached the advanced world-class level in deep...
China says it is 'ready to work with US'

China says it is 'ready to work with US'

Business
China has said it is "ready to work" with the US, suggesting progress in trade talks between the two countries.It said it would be willing to work with the US to "implement the important consensus" reached at December's G20.At the Buenos Aires summit the two countries agreed to suspend new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks.China's statement comes after President Donald Trump tweeted "big progress" was being made in relations after a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Just had a long and very good call with President Xi of China. Deal is moving along very well. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects,...