Chinese scientist advocates int'l cooperation in space science
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Sep 02, 2022
A thousand people may have a thousand answers as to why we explore space. For 64-year-old Chinese scientist Wu Ji, exploring space has a more self-reflective meaning.
"When one enters space, one will realize that human beings are an indivisible whole. Regardless of skin color, they have far more in common than they have differences," said Wu, chairman of the Chinese Society of Space Research.
It is under this belief that for more than two decades, Wu has been persisting in one thing - promoting international cooperation in the field of space science.
In July, at the 44th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research in Greece, Wu was awarded the International Cooperation Medal, which recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to international cooperation in space science.
This is the first time in the 38 years since the award was established that it has been awarded to a Chinese scientist.
Years Of Efforts
The sight of China's first satellite "Dongfanghong-1" in the night sky over 50 years ago lingered in Wu's memory. From then on, he began to aspire to explore space.
In the 1980s, Wu studied at the European Space Agency (ESA), where he stepped into the door of space science research. "Many of the partners I worked with back then have become my lifelong friends and built up contacts for later international cooperation," he said.
In 1994, after completing his post-doctoral research in Denmark, Wu returned to work in China.
In 1997, Wu took charge of the Double Star space mission, the first space science program in China. Collaborating with the ESA's Cluster mission, the program achieved six-point coordinated measurements of the Earth's magnetosphere for the first time in human history. The joint international team was awarded the Laurels Team Achievement Award by the International Academy of Astronautics in 2010.
Wu believes that the most important thing in the process of international cooperation is communication and trust. "Because of the differences in management style and culture, there was friction at the beginning, but it worked out later through coordination."
This special project has produced a series of scientific satellites, including the Dark Matter Particle Explorer, also known as Wukong, the world's first quantum satellite; Quantum Experiments at Space Scale, also known as Mozi; the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, as well as the Shijian-10 recoverable satellite.
"China is a big country and should contribute to human civilization. Scientific discoveries are shared by mankind, and China's breakthroughs in frontier science are the achievements of all mankind," Wu said.
He believes that international cooperation should be actively pursued in frontier science fields such as space science because funding is limited in a single country, and cooperation can avoid duplication of investment and enable all parties to gain greater benefits.
"In space weather research, for example, no single country can obtain complete data on its own. Therefore, international cooperation is essential and indispensable," Wu added.
His enthusiasm for international cooperation was not dampened by the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. Last week, Wu chaired a forum on space science cooperation in the city of Taiyuan, north China's Shanxi Province.
During the forum, Wu and more than 30 global scientists and management experts called for deeper space science cooperation.
"The Chinese space station will be open to foreign astronauts. It will be part of mankind's journey out of the Earth and will contribute to building a community with a shared future for mankind," he said.
Moreover, China will also offer opportunities to carry scientific instruments of other countries on the Chang'e-6 lunar mission and asteroid probe mission, and will jointly initiate the construction of an international lunar research station with Russia, Wu said.
"China's new scientific satellite program for 2025 to 2030 is now under discussion, and several of them will include international cooperation," he said.
Wu is now working to promote cooperation among China, the United States, Japan, Finland, Russia, Brazil, and other countries to establish a constellation of 10 small satellites to probe the Earth's radiation belts and provide a theoretical basis for space weather forecasting.
In addition to being a scientist, Wu has another identity - science fiction writer. In his books, he envisions a future in which more people will travel in space.
"When people look back at the Earth from outer space, their perception will definitely change. They will love their planet even more, and become an advocate of building a community with a shared future for mankind," he said.
Source: Xinhua News Agency
China's Shenzhou-14 astronauts carry out spacewalk
Beijing (AFP) Sept 2, 2022
Two astronauts on board China's Tiangong space station successfully completed a six-hour spacewalk Friday, the national human spaceflight agency said. Astronauts Chen Dong and Liu Yang returned to their cabin module in the early hours of Friday, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said, declaring the first spacewalk of the six-month Shenzhou-14 mission a "complete success". China's heavily promoted space programme has already seen the nation land a rover on Mars and send probes to the Moon. ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.