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China’s second female astronaut and first to undertake a spacewalk, Wang Yaping, successfully completed a 6.5-hour spacewalk with Zhai Zhigang on November 8.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced on September 24 they have for the first time synthesized starch from carbon dioxide.

Chinese astronauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo successfully completed their first spacewalk outside the Tiangong space station on July 4, over two weeks after they arrived at the station in low-Earth orbit.

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The China National Space Administration (CNSA) published the first high-resolution image of the surface of Mars on June 7, sent back by Chinese rover Zhurong.

Chinese scientists successfully launched the Tianhe, the core module of China’s first space station to near-Earth orbit on April 29, marking the first stage of space station construction which is planned to be completed by 2022.

China plans to open its 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Guizhou Province to the world’s astronomers as of March 30, reported Xinhua News Agency.