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Just in time for World Space Week (what, you didn’t know?), China has started launching things skyward left and right. Closely following Change’e 2’s launch last Friday, the Chinese now plan to send up two satellites to probe the ‘space environment’, whatever that means.
The satellites are designed to carry out “space environment probes” and will be launched in the near future, according to a press release from the launch center in Shanxi. Both the satellites and launch pad are in “good condition,” which hopefully means less debris scattered over surrounding villages.
Speaking of debris, maybe while they’re up there poking space or whatever, they could take a crack at reducing how much garbage they dump along the way.
All this coincides with China’s larger plans to develop a deep space network which could support interplanetary missions and further exploration of the solar system. What for, you ask? Why, for the good of mankind! Or at least that’s what space experts at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) say (Xinhua). According to them, besides the advancement of basic science and technology, there are also heaps of environmental resources we can pilfer from our sad-faced little satellite (including high-purity metals, silicon, and about 10,000 years worth of helium.)