BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

LUNAR RESEARCH STATION

China has completed feasibility studies of the fourth phase of its lunar exploration program and is expected to build an international lunar research station on the moon’s south pole in the future, said Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program.

In an interview with China Space News, Wu said that three missions are planned for the fourth phase of the lunar exploration program. The program includes the retrieval of lunar samples from the south pole by Chang’e-6, a detailed survey of the moon’s south pole resources by Chang’e-7, and the testing of key technologies in preparation for the construction of the lunar research station by Chang’e-8.

BIG DATA MARKET

China’s big data market will continue to expand in the coming years, driven by the country’s economic development and digital transformation, an industry report shows.

The size of China’s big data market was estimated to exceed 10 billion U.S. dollars for the first time in 2020, up 15.9 percent year on year, according to a report from global market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

NEW SATELLITE

The fourth group of China’s Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites were sent into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 10:19 a.m. (Beijing Time) Saturday.

The satellites were carried by a Long March-4C rocket and have entered their planned orbits. The satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests.



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