Space – China science, technology news summary — July 24
BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.
China’s Mars rover Zhurong has traveled 585 meters on the surface of the red planet as of Friday, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.
On Friday, the Mars orbiter marked its first anniversary of operation. Now it is about 378 million km away from Earth. The delay of its one-way communication was around 21 minutes, said the center.
COVID-19 ORIGIN TRACING
The claim that the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is made by humans is a terrible regression of scientific thinking, said a leading Chinese evolutionary biologist.
Professor Wu Chung-I with the School of Life Sciences at Sun Yat-sen University said in a recent interview with the China Science Daily that Chinese scientists have proposed a series of models to trace the origin of COVID-19. He hopes that his international counterparts could find a way to the truth by an objective discussion with a scientific attitude.
SPACE STATION WATER PROVIDING
A video clip released recently by the China Manned Space Agency shows one of the three astronauts stationed on the country’s space station core module Tianhe drinking water from a plastic bag in the morning.
Water is made available for the astronauts on the space station in three ways: transport by spacecraft, on-site generation and recycling.