Lab shows early results
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.