Lunar researcher dies from overwork

A key designer involved in China's lunar exploration project died last week, aged 40, due to overwork, The Beijing News has reported.

Wednesday, 21 September, 2011, 12:00am

Young stars make the cut

RTHK has launched a TV programme which showcases the creativity and moviemaking talent of local film students.

The eight-episode programme, First Time Producers, is a compilation of the best works by film students from Hong Kong Baptist University, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Pandas, Harry Potter and lunar orbiter top children's news list

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

First photo from lunar probe is premier's pride and joy

Removing a scarlet cloth covering the black-and-white image, Premier Wen Jiabao said he was filled with 'matchless joy and pride' as he unveiled the first photograph of the moon from the mainland's Chang'e I lunar satellite yesterday.

The photo reveals the surface of a 280km-wide and 460km-long area northeast of the lunar South Pole, with resolution of 120 metres.

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Humiliation at hands of US propelled mission, says expert

Luck was not a key factor behind the success of the historic flight that sent Chang'e I to the moon, Chinese military observers said yesterday.

Factors like the immense human resources committed to the overall improvement of the nation's manufacturing industry had propelled China's space programmes, they said.

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Chang'e adjusts orbit

Rockets on China's lunar probe fired again yesterday, applying the brakes to the satellite for a second time to adjust to its final orbit.

The reverse thrust lasted for 14 minutes, as planned, and narrowed the gap between the lunar surface and the probe, Chang'e, by as much as 7,000km, roughly the distance between Beijing and Jerusalem.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Farmers look forward to Chang'e, and change

Farmer Wu Mingfa and his neighbours plan to take a break from work in their fields in Chuanxing county, Xichang , this afternoon to watch the launch of Chang'e, China's first lunar satellite.

And they're hoping for change in their lives too.

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Moon satellite to suffer same fate as goddess

China's first lunar orbiter, which could be launched as early as today, will share the same fate as its eponym - flying to the moon but destined never to return.

The satellite is named after Chang'e, the Chinese moon goddess who took an elixir and floated to the moon, where she became immortal but was isolated forever.

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Origins of the moon festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Lunar Calendar, is one of the most popular Chinese celebrations.

In ancient China, with the moon at its fullest and brightest, it was the ideal time to celebrate the summer's harvest.

There are different stories as to how the festival originated.

16 Sep 2005 - 12:00am