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2018 China Space Day Celebrations – Videos, Graphics & Images

Every 24th of April is a special day in the calendar of the nascent yet galloping Chinese knowledge economy. Space day is a day that is dear to Chinese leader XI Jinping as revealed by this quote: “In celebrating Space Day, we are commemorating history, passing on the spirit and galvanizing popular enthusiasm for science, exploration of the unknown and innovation, particularly among young people.” The 2018 China Space Day celebrations, being the third of the kind, lived up to this vision of Xi Jinping. Here is all the day’s action

Satelitte relay of the Chang'e-4 Lunar Probe expected to land on the moon sometime in 2018 was feted during the 2018 China Space Day celebrations

The relay satellite for the Chang’e-4 lunar probe, expected to land on the far side of the Moon later this year, has been named “Queqiao,” which means “a bridge of magpies” in Chinese folklore, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced Tuesday on #ChinaSpaceDay. Reports @PDChina – People Daily China. Image | Courtesy

2018 China Space Day Celebrations As A Tool For Galvanizing Popular Enthusiasm for Science

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] few days after reports emerged of disquiet within the European Union over China’s Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative, this video was posted by Chinese state broadcaster, CTGN, as  part of the 2018 China Space Day celebrations.

That China has elaborate plans that linking this terrestrial master plan of its ambitions of crafting a new world order with its forays into space is no secret. Indeed all the achievements that will celebrate here, and all those that we have highlighted before like the Shenzhou-10 all lead here.

Linking bench science/ novel scientific discovery to applications in real life remains the holy grail in 21st century science policy. Popular science as presented in mass media can distort the real benefits of science. Nonetheless, it is an important tool in engaging communities in the process of scientific discovery. Stakeholder engagement remains a key strategy of navigating some of the kinks in the relationship between science, technology and society.

Passing on The Spirit, To New Generation of Astronauts

During the China’s 15th manned Odyssey – before the Tiangong-1 mishap – astronaut Wang Yaping, who was sent to space aboard Shenzhou-10, delivered a video lecture on June 20, 2013, to more than 60 million students on earth in China. In keeping with this tradition, Chinese astronaut Liu Boming chose to spend 2018 China Space Day celebrations with students from his home town.

2018 China Space Day Is A Commemoration of History & Celebration of Achievements

The timing of the uncontrolled fall to earth and disintegration of the school bus sized Chinese space station , Tiagong-1, shouldn’t take the gloss of what must be seen as an accelerated space program by the world’s second largest economy China.  As this video celebrating the 2018 China Space Day from Asia -Pacific broadcaster, Global Times, reveals it has been a busy year with plenty of successes.

Moreover, these inforgrahics produced by CGTN, provide a concise wrap of the journey so far for China’s space program and by extension, its burgeoning knowledge economy. It reveals the immense progress made by China over the last half a century.

High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS) program – A Tool To Fight Climate Change

Also known as the Gaofen program. The concern for skeptics must be the insane capacity of such technology to spy on people and governments. Or its war capabilities through selective armed drone missions. They initiators though list

  • Disaster prevention and relief
  • Climate change monitoring
  • Geographical mapping
  • Environment and resource surveying
  • Precision Agriculture

infographic celebrating the High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS) program relased during 2018 China Space Day celebrations


BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Ushers in the 4th Industrial Revolution

The BDS has been the one more readily linked with the China Road and Belt Initiative. China aims to be the leading exporter of satellite system to its 21st Century Silk Road trade partners. Skeptics warn that this will make China indispensable in global trade as a provider of key infrastructure. Especially when the constructs of the 4th industrial revolution come into play with the deployment of cyber-physical-systems such as the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.

BeiDou Navigation Satelitte System Inforgraphic relased during the 2018 China Space Day celebrations

BDS is expected to compete and integrate with with America’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS and the European Union’s Galileo. Already a host of Asian and European countries along the 21st century silk road have adopted its use for navigation.

China Manned Space

Two decades of the accelerated China Manned Space program will see China at par with front runners such as Russia, U.S.A and the European Union.

An infographic released during 2018 China Space Day celebrations charting the evolution of China Manned Space (CMS) mission from inception in 2001 to 2014 when Tianhe 1, China's international Space Station will be the only one in space

Chang`e Program – The Lunar Exploration Program

Early April 2018, the Chinese Space Agency revealed plans for a manned scientific research station on the moon. As China Daily reports:

In a video shown at a ceremony in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, on Tuesday to mark China’s Space Day, the China National Space Administration listed the construction and operation of a lunar scientific research station in its development road map for the space sector.

Inforgraphic depicting The Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) three phase moon mission (orbit, land, return with lunar samples) relased during 2018 China Space Day Celebrations

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