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Chinese Scientist First Honored with Otto-Schott Prize

Recently, during the International Symposium on Glass in Connection with the Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Glass held in the Shanghai International Convention Center. Prof. Qiu Jianrong, research fellow of the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Mechanics, CAS received the Otto-Schott Awards jointly with K. Hirao and K. Miura, his two collaborators from the Kyoto University, Japan. The Otto°™Schott Prize was named after Otto Schott, father of optical glass and founder of Schott AG, a famous international company. The prize is awarded every two years. This is the first time it has been awarded in Asia and also the first time that the Chinese Scientist has received the famous international prize.

35 th Anniversary of Launching of DFH Satellite Celebrated

April 24,2005 is the 35 th anniversary when China successfully launched its DFH Satellite. On April 27, to commemorate this historical day, the Center for Space Science and Applied Research of CAS invited the veteran scientists who participated in the development and launching of the Dongfanghong (DFH, meaning the East is red) Satellite I to the forum for the celebration of the 35 th anniversary of the successfully launching the Dongfanghong Satellite.

The older generation of space scientists such as Yang Junwen from the General Group of Satellite Launching, Hu Qizheng from the Satellite Group, Lin Hua'an from the onboard Digital Sun Sensor Group, Xiang Shaojun from the Satellite Launch Test Team, Cheng Jianzhao from the Doppler Echo Transmitter, Gui Puru, and Mr. Zhou Wei reporters of the Rocket Carry Problem Examiner, and Wu Zhicheng, secretary of Prof. Zhao Jiu Zhang attended the forum.

China First Use Satellite to Track Migration of Black-necked Cranes

The Sino-American joint satellite-tracking project on black-necked cranes wintering in Yunnan, China, was officially launched in February 2005 at the National Dashanbao Black-Necked Crane Natural Reserve in Shaotong in southwest China's Yunnan Province. This is the first time in China that satellite was used to track the black-necked cranes, the purpose of which is to reveal the mystery of the cranes' migration and breeding.

According to the data transmitted by the satellite recently, the black-necked crane wearing Satellite Transmitter 55982 has left the National Dashanbao Black-Necked Crane Natural Reserve, where they had wintered. At 17: 00 on the afternoon of April 4, it arrived within the border of Xi Chang City, Sichuan Province. The data after April 5 indicated that the crane was flying in Qiang Nationality Autonomous Prefecture of the Aba Tibetan nationality in Sichuan Province, still in its course of migration. This crane, one of the four black-necked cranes wearing satellite transmitters, was the earliest to leave the Dashanbao.

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