Lab shows early re­sults

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS -

Af­ter be­ing launched into or­bit on Sept 15, the sci­en­tific ap­pli­ca­tions of the Tian­gong II space lab­o­ra­tory have been tested and have re­turned data. Here are some of the re­sults:

• The cold atomic space

clock, the first of its kind in space, has car­ried out sev­eral tests with sta­ble re­sults, as ex­pected. Sci­en­tists be­lieve that such a clock can help to syn­chro­nize other atomic clocks more pre­cisely, and that the tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment will cre­ate more pos­si­bil­i­ties for fur­ther ex­plo­rations in space. • The multi-an­gle wide spec­tral imager has cap­tured a range of in­for­ma­tion on oceans and land as well as changes to clouds, aerosols and wa­ter. • The stereo­scopic mi­crowave al­time­ter has ap­plied in­ter­fer­ence im­age tech­nol­ogy to ob­serve sea sur­faces, parts of the Yel­low River, the Tak­li­makan Desert, lakes on the Ti­betan Plateau and the Lan­cang-Mekong River. • An agri­cul­tural ex­per­i­ment has sprouted seeds of A ra­bid ops is thalia na, a small flow­er­ing plant, and rice. Sam­ples will be cul­ti­vated in space and car­ried back to the Earth by as­tro­nauts. • The space-Earth quan­tum key distri­bu­tion and laser com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­per­i­ment has es­tab­lished sta­ble con­nec­tions be­tween the space lab and ground sta­tions.

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