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Xi'an Satellite Control Center plays key role in Chang'e-6 touchdown

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Xi'an Satellite Control Center plays key role in Chang'e-6 touchdown

2024-06-25 22:24 Last Updated At:06-26 00:17

The Xi'an Satellite Control Center played a vital role in the landing of China's Chang'e-6 lunar probe with its expertise in tracking the aircraft.

The returner of the Chang'e-6 probe touched down on Earth on Tuesday, bringing back the world's first samples collected from the moon's far side.

At 14:07 Beijing Time, the return capsule landed precisely in the designated area in Siziwang Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and the mission was a complete success, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The Chang'e-6 orbiter and returner separated at a distance of 5,000 kilometers above the Earth. Then the returner carrying lunar soil samples passed through the atmosphere and landed at the designated site.

In this process, several teams of the Xi'an Satellite Control Center undertook the measurement and control mission of the probe.

When Chang'e-6 reenters the atmosphere, it reached the second cosmic velocity of 11.2 kilometers per second.

The Hotan team of the control center, as the first station to observe the high-speed reentry, accurately captured the probe.

At the landing area of Siziwang Banner, the measurement and control team and the optical team were responsible for measuring the returner, sending key commands and recording the landing process, which helps the search and recovery team to quickly locate and retrieve the probe.

Xie Hongfu, a member of the Siziwang Banner team of the Xi'an Satellite Control Center, said they have been fully prepared for the mission with adequate simulated training.

"Chang'e-6's returner is small and speedy. In the preliminary preparation, we trained the operators' abilities to react and track steadily by tracking birds and passing spacecraft, and simulated the target passing through the cloud with software, focusing on improving the operators' handling capacity to ensure the smooth filming of Chang'e-6 returner throughout its touchdown process," he said.

Chang'e-6 is one of the most complex and challenging missions in China's space exploration efforts to date. Consisting of an orbiter, a returner, a lander and an ascender, it was launched on May 3 this year.

Xi'an Satellite Control Center plays key role in Chang'e-6 touchdown

Xi'an Satellite Control Center plays key role in Chang'e-6 touchdown

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Chinese FM meets delegation of US-China Business Council

2024-07-22 22:19 Last Updated At:22:37

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with a delegation of the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) in Beijing on Monday.

Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, welcomed the delegation.

He noted that this is the first U.S. business delegation to visit China after the third plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee.

Wang also expressed the hope that the U.S. business community will continue to move forward hand in hand with China. He believes this will not only benefit U.S. entrepreneurs, but also strengthen China-U.S. relations and the friendship between the peoples of the two countries.

The U.S. representatives said that the U.S. business community has confidence in continuing to work deeply with China.

They said the USCBC is willing to actively exert its influence and role and firmly serve as a stabilizing force in the development of U.S.-China relations.

Chinese FM meets delegation of US-China Business Council

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