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China is planning a station near Shackleton Crater at the moon’s south pole – a strategic point on NASA’s Artemis. Before that, study it

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China is preparing to launch the Chang’e-7 mission, which will land the spacecraft near the Shackleton crater on the south pole of the Moon. It is believed that this area could become a landing point for NASA’s future Artemis 3 mission.

The Chang’e-7 mission has several scientific objectives, including studying lunar morphology, as well as detecting icy soil and volatile components. To carry out these tasks, the spacecraft will carry scientific instruments, including a seismometer, radar probe, magnetometer and spectrometers.

China is planning a station near Shackleton Crater at the moon's south pole - a strategic point on NASA's Artemis.  Before that, study it

Shackleton Crater mosaic created by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and ShadowCam teams. Source: NASA/KARI/ASU

One of the main scientific questions that the Chang’e-7 mission will help solve is related to seismic activity at the south pole of the Moon. Previous data from seismometers installed as part of the Apollo program indicate seismic activity with a magnitude of 5 to 6 and a duration of up to 10 minutes. The seismometer installed on Chang’e-7 will record data on seismic activity at the south pole of the Moon over an extended period of time. This data will be taken into account when constructing the international lunar research base ILRS and the Artemis base so that they can withstand strong seismic events.

Another important task of the Chang’e-7 mission is related to the study of volatile components on the Moon. For this purpose, a mini-drone with an instrument for analyzing regolith and water molecules will be used. In addition, the orbiter will be equipped with a gamma-ray spectrometer, which will help study the distribution and sources of lunar ice both at the south pole of the Moon and in permanently shadowed regions.

The International Lunar Research Facility (ILRS) should be fully operational by the 2030s. Now China is actively looking for partners for this project. The last country to sign the agreement was Egypt in December 2023.

One of the first steps in the Chang’e-7 mission is the launch of the Queqiao-2 relay satellite. The satellite is planned to be launched from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on a Long March 8 rocket, probably as early as February 2024. The satellite weighs 1,200 kilograms, will have a 4.2-meter antenna and a service life of more than eight years. This satellite will serve as a platform to support the mission of the Chang’e-7 mission, as well as the Chang’e-6 mission to collect samples on the far side of the Moon and the Chang’e-4 mission to land and explore the rover.

The Queqiao-2 relay satellite will also be equipped with three scientific instruments that will carry out the overall scientific tasks of the Chang’e-7 mission. It will be in an elliptical orbit with a period of 24 hours while supporting the Chang’e-6 mission, and then change the orbit to a period of 12 hours for the Chang’e-7 and Chang’e-8 missions.

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) also confirmed participation in ILRS, which coincided with the announcement of the institute’s participation in the scientific tasks of the Chang’e-7 mission. Previous plans also mentioned the UAE’s plan to send a small rover to the moon, but this plan violated US ITAR rules. The new plans make no mention of either the rover or the instrument from NARIT. The Chang’e-7 mission is scheduled to launch on a rocket in 2026 from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center.

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Hyundai Creta N Line 2024 sports car declassified

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Hyundai Creta N Line 2024 sports car declassified

The sportiest version of the recently updated Hyundai Creta crossover has been declassified in India: orders for the Hyundai Creta N Line 2024 in the local market are already being accepted, but the official premiere will take place on March 11.

Hyundai Creta N Line 2024 sports car declassified

Judging by the photo, the crossover received more aggressive bumpers, a different radiator grille, and red accents on the body and interior design. Wheels will be 18 inches. According to Autocar India, the car will be offered in two trim levels: base and top-end. Accordingly, the first will have a manual gearbox, the second will have a robotic one. But there is only one engine – the most powerful: a 1.5-liter gasoline turbo engine with 160 hp.

Hyundai Creta N Line 2024 sports car declassified

Hyundai Creta N Line 2024 sports car declassified

Prices will be announced on the day of the premiere, but it is already clear that the Creta N Line will be the most expensive in the lineup.

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How much does it cost to repair Xiaomi 14 Ultra? The official price list for spare parts has been published

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How much does it cost to repair Xiaomi 14 Ultra

Xiaomi 14 Ultra has just gone on sale in China, but Xiaomi has already published the official price list for spare parts so that users understand how much it will cost to repair the device out of warranty.

How much does it cost to repair Xiaomi 14 Ultra?  The official price list for spare parts has been published

Despite the fact that Xiaomi 14 Ultra is currently the pinnacle of the Chinese company’s smartphone manufacturing, repair prices are approximately at the level of other flagships. Replacing the motherboard will cost the most – from 380 to 420 dollars, depending on the amount of memory soldered on it. Out-of-warranty replacement of the screen will cost $190, battery – $25, back cover – $40. Replacing the front camera is $10, speaker replacement is $5.

As for the camera, this is interesting. Replacing the main module with an inch Sony LYT-900 image sensor will cost $140! Replacement of a module with an ultra-wide-angle lens is $70, replacement of a module with a telephoto lens is only $25. And this is quite strange, since these modules use the same Sony IMX858 sensors, and the module with a telephoto lens is more complex due to the presence of an OIS system.

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A mini PC weighing only 660 grams with an 8-core Ryzen 7 7840HS, 32 GB of RAM, a built-in screen and a fingerprint scanner – for $515. Tianbao GEM12 introduced

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A mini PC weighing only 660 grams with an 8 core

An atypical mini-computer went on sale on the Chinese marketplace JD.com. The creators of the device, called Tianbao GEM12, integrated a small screen and even a fingerprint scanner into the body, which can work as part of the Windows Hello biometric identification function.

A mini PC weighing only 660 grams with an 8-core Ryzen 7 7840HS, 32 GB of RAM, a built-in screen and a fingerprint scanner - for $515.  Tianbao GEM12 introduced

The hardware basis of Tianbao GEM12 is an 8-core 16-thread Ryzen 7 7840HS processor with a Radeon 780M graphics core. The device is sold as a DIY kit for $350 or as a pre-configured system: 16GB/512GB for $430 and 32GB/1TB for $515.

A mini PC weighing only 660 grams with an 8-core Ryzen 7 7840HS, 32 GB of RAM, a built-in screen and a fingerprint scanner - for $515.  Tianbao GEM12 introduced

A mini PC weighing only 660 grams with an 8-core Ryzen 7 7840HS, 32 GB of RAM, a built-in screen and a fingerprint scanner - for $515.  Tianbao GEM12 introduced

The mini-PC cooling system has two heat pipes and one fan. The screen is used to display the time, album covers when playing music, and processor load. There is an integrated 2.5 Gbps wired Ethernet adapter with two RJ-45 ports and a module that implements Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 communications.

A mini PC weighing only 660 grams with an 8-core Ryzen 7 7840HS, 32 GB of RAM, a built-in screen and a fingerprint scanner - for $515.  Tianbao GEM12 introduced

Dimensions of the computer: 130 x 130 x 60 mm, weight: 660 grams.

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