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China science, technology news summary -- Sept. 18

Xinhua
18 Sep 2021, 13:18 GMT+10

BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

ASTRONAUTS RETURN

Three Chinese astronauts, the first sent to orbit for China's space station construction, have completed their three-month mission and returned to Earth safely on Friday.

The return capsule of the Shenzhou-12 manned spaceship, carrying astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo, touched down at the Dongfeng landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at 1:34 p.m. (Beijing Time).

The first manned flight during the construction of China's space station was a complete success, the China Manned Space Agency announced.

The trio arrived at Beijing by plane Friday night, but they will not go immediately back home to celebrate the festival with their families. Instead, they will undergo several weeks of quarantine for a comprehensive medical examination and health assessment.

NEW ENERGY VEHICLE

Major global automakers and experts have called for more intensive cooperation in the field of new energy vehicles to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality.

Speaking at the 3rd World New Energy Vehicle Congress, the international participants said since China is the biggest auto market in the world, they are willing to work with Chinese partners to fight against climate change for a clean, beautiful world.

Themed "Comprehensively promoting marketization, accelerating cross-industry integration, jointly achieving carbon neutrality," the three-day event was held in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, from Sept. 15 to 17.

BEIDOU SHORT MESSAGE

An enhanced version of BeiDou short message service was showcased at the First International Summit on BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Applications held in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province.

The new technology enables two-way communication on mobile phones in areas not covered by ordinary mobile communication signals or when base stations are damaged, which proves useful during earthquake relief, offshore fishing and emergency communication.

"Short message service needed a larger satellite terminal such as maritime satellite phone. But the enhanced version's 'low power consumption' feature enables mobile phones to send emergency messages through BeiDou satellites even without ground mobile communication signals," said Li Jingyuan, director of the BeiDou short message team at National University of Defense Technology.

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