China launches first student satellite for scientific education
China’s first nano-satellite with the involvement of primary and middle school students in the developing, testing and assembling process is launched into space on Jan 19. [Photo/js.xhby.net]
China’s first nano-satellite with the involvement of primary and middle school students in the developing, testing and assembling process was launched into space on Jan 19.
The satellite was named after late premier Zhou Enlai in commemoration of his 120th birthday and his dedication to initiate and promote China’s aerospace projects.
Sending from the Youth Comprehensive Development Base in Huaian, a northern Jiangsu city as well as the hometown of the premier, the satellite finally arrived at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China’s Gansu province and managed its maiden flight with a CZ-11 solid fuel rocket.
A collection of 120 photos recording the life story of the late premier were sent into space at the same time, as the satellite runs into the sun-synchronous orbit, the photos will be decoded and sent back to earth.
Poems and calligraphy works in memory of Zhou, as well as best wishes from youngsters in his hometown, will also be uploaded into space.
The successful launch was witnessed by 26 primary and middle school students from Huaian, all enthusiasts of aerospace science and technology.
They have participated in the development process of the project since 2016 and received solid support from Huaian municipal government, education bureau, youth comprehensive development base, and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.