On July 20, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) released details of the most recent scientific achievements from its space science programs, including space-based gravitational wave detection, space microgravity experiments, and the observation of black-hole explosions.


According to CAS, Taiji-1, China’s first satellite to conduct experiments on key technologies related to space-based gravitational wave detection, has completed all preset experimental tasks. It has accomplished the highest degree of precision in space laser interferometry so far in China.


Meanwhile, SJ-10, China’s first satellite to conduct microgravity experiments, has for the first time developed a cell embryo into a blastocyst under microgravity conditions, revealing key factors affecting the early embryo development of mammals in a space environment.


Finally, China’s Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, also known as Huiyan, or Insight, clearly observed panoramic views of the explosion of black hole binaries for the first time.

The three satellites were all deployed by CAS as part of its space-science pilot project, which was formally established in 2011.

CAS will continue to strengthen the research in space science areas such as the extreme universe, space-time ripples, sun-earth panorama, and habitable planets, in order to better understand the universe, said Wang Chi, Director of CAS’s National Space Science Center (NSSC).

Source: Xinhua

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