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Questions time: Shenzhou-14 taikonauts to talk with African youths

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The three Chinese astronauts carrying out the Shenzhou-14 mission will have a dialogue with African youths in an event in late August, which will be live streamed on CGTN Digital.

The three taikonauts are Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe, who are on their half-year stay at the China Space Station, a spacecraft that orbits around the Earth and provides a home for Taikonauts. They were launched in June and will help assemble the space station and use the Xuntian and Mengtian space labs.

Three taikonauts report to ground control after entering the China Space Station, June 6, 2022. /Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center

Chen and Liu visited the African country of Namibia to share their stories with students back in 2019.

China’s manned space program is open to international cooperation, which means there may be African astronauts working in the China Space Station in the future.

Hosts of the “Talk with Taikonauts” event are collecting questions for them from the internet, according to the official Twitter account of the China Mission to the African Union (AU).

The official logo for the “Talk with Taikonauts” event taking place in late August. /China Mission to the AU

“Young African friends” can email their questions to au@chinaculture.org or chinamission_au@mfa.gov.cn with the subject of “Talk with Taikonauts” to participate, said the Twitter handle.

Videos and photos are also welcome, the best of which will be put into a promotion video for the event, the tweet added.

“Your participation will surely contribute to the event,” the mission said.

The deadline for question submission is July 17.

Source: CGTN

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China to improve sci-tech services for rural population

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China will launch a national campaign to better mobilize the science and technology sector to contribute to the country’s rural revitalization drive, according to a new set of guidelines.

Jointly issued by the China Association for Science and Technology and the National Rural Revitalization Administration, the guidelines specify a series of key tasks, including providing sci-tech training, lectures and industry-specific guidance to rural areas.

Sci-tech associations at all levels are called on to lead grassroots sci-tech workers to join in the work of rural revitalization.

The guidelines also require the relevant authorities to incorporate the construction of science popularization facilities into the overall layout of rural infrastructure, expand the service coverage of mobile science popularization facilities and build more sci-tech museums in rural secondary schools.

Source: Xinhua

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China’s Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft re-enters Earth’s atmosphere

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Tianzhou-3, a cargo spacecraft that carried supplies to China’s space station, made a controlled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere at 11:31 a.m. on Wednesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Manned Space Agency.

Tianzhou-3 makes a controlled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, July 27, 2022. /CFP

The Long March-7 Y4 rocket carrying the Tianzhou-3 blasted off at 3:10 p.m. (BJT) on September 20, 2021, from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China’s Hainan Province. It carried about six tonnes of goods, including food items and spacesuits, to the country’s under-construction space station. Six and a half hours later, the cargo spacecraft docked with core module Tianhe at 10:08 p.m. (BJT) on the same day.

A 3D simulation of the Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft docking with China’s space station. /China Manned Space Agency

The Tianzhou-3 separated from the space station core module Tianhe on July 17, 2022, after completing all assigned assembly tasks.

It is the third mission of China’s Tianzhou-class unmanned cargo spacecraft and the second resupply mission to the space station after Tianzhou-2.

Source: CGTN

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Shanghai firm receives urgent monkeypox virus test kit orders from WHO

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Shanghai-based ZJ Biotech has received many urgent purchase orders from the World Health Organization (WHO) for its monkeypox virus test kit, and the company is now aiming to provide more support for accurate diagnosis and containment of the disease.

The WHO on Saturday activated its highest alert level for the growing monkeypox outbreak, declaring the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The test kit developed by ZJ Biotech can accurately identify monkeypox virus by measuring the gene segment of the virus by specific fluorescence method.

“Currently the best detection method for many infectious pathogens across the world is the nucleic acid test, which has an accuracy rate of over 95 percent. It can reach more than 99 percent for some individual diseases,” said Shao Junbin, chairman of Shanghai ZJ Bio-Tech Co., Ltd.

The monkeypox virus test kit manufactured by the company has been sent to 41 countries and regions around the world. Of these, 24 emergency orders from the WHO were sent to 21 countries, covering Africa, Europe, Oceania and Southeast Asia.

At present, the company is in close contact with the WHO and health institutions in many countries around the world, aiming to provide support for accurate diagnosis and containment of the disease.

Source: CGTN

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