China launched its first satellite, the Dong Fang Hong I, on April 24, 1970. It unveiled China's exploration to the universe. April 24 was established as China Space Day this March.
In order to celebrate the first China Space Day, the China Teenager Nano-Satellite Plan was launched on April 22. It was hosted by China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), China Association for Science and Technology and Chinese Society of Education, and organized by China Soong Ching Ling Teenager Science and Technology Training Base and Beijing Jiutian Nano-Satellite Science and Technology Development Corporation.
The China Teenager Nano-Satellite Plan is launched officially.
Under the theme of "Teenager Satellite, Chinese Dream", the plan was based on the Chinese Teenager Science and Technology Training Base which was under construction. It invited and organized teenagers across China to create, design and make the first nano-satellite named "Teenager", which was the first in Chinese teenagers' history of science and technology, as well as in the development of space satellites.
The satellite is planned to launch into space in the first half of next year. Sun Jiadong, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, International Academy of Astronautics and International Academy of Sciences for Europe and Asia, attended the event to encourage and celebrate with teenagers.
Academician Sun Jiadong presents space models to representatives of schools attending the event.
Qi Mingqiu, Party Secretary and Standing Vice Chairman of CSCLF, said the plan aimed to encourage students to inherit the core values of Chinese socialism, to be brave to innovate, to realize the great Chinese dream, and to become the real star of science, technology, innovation and dream.
Experts said nano-satellites like this could accomplish many missions. For example, tracing rare animals like the giant panda, looking for water source in dry areas, comparing space and earth, observing the changes of Glaciers in the south and north poles, as well as fulfilling the astronomical observations in the space. Teenagers can master many subjects including astronomy, communication measurement and control, thermal environment, mechanics, optics, nano science and technology as well as satellite application during the participation in the plan.
Beijing Jiutian Nano-Satellite Science and Technology Development Corporation will undertake the overall technical support and launching work of the satellite. According to the plan, the China Teenager Nano-Satellite will be launched with Nano-Satellite I in the first half of 2017, to realize students' space dream.
Kids participating in the event pose for a group photo with guests.
A primary student receives the interview by a host at the ceremony.
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