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China launches first independent Mars probe, calls it ‘Questions to Heaven’

  • China launched its first independent Mars probe, a milestone in the country’s ambitious space programme which aims to have a space station by 2022. If successful, the probe, named Tianwen-1 – which in Mandarin means “Questions to Heaven” – will join an international community of explorers on Mars, comprising the US, Europe, Russia, India, the UAE which launched a mission to the red planet on July 20.
  • China Capital: Beijing; Currency of China: Renminbi.
  • President of China: Xi Jinping.

ANASIS-II: South Korea launches first-ever military satellite

  • South Korea launched its first-ever military communications satellite on July 20, 2020. The satellite was launched by private operator SpaceX.
  • The military satellite, ANASIS-II is aimed at enhancing the nation’s ability to defend itself against nuclear-armed North Korea.
  • The South Korean military satellite blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
  • The ANASIS-II satellite was successfully deployed about 32 minutes after the lift-off, confirmed SpaceX.
  • The launch of ANASIS-II satellite has made South Korea the 10th country in the world to own a military-only communications satellite. The satellite aims to provide permanent and secure military communications.
  • South Korea President: Moon Jae-in.
  • South Korea Capital: Seoul.
  • South Korea Currency: South Korean Won.
  • SpaceX founder & CEO: Elon Musk.
  • SpaceX president & COO: Gwynne Shotwell.
  • SpaceX Founded: 2002.
  • SpaceX Headquarters: California, United States of America.

Pakistan, China sign agreement for construction of Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project

  • Pakistan and China have signed an agreement for the construction of the Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project.
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan witnessed the signing of the agreement with China Gezhouba for the Azad Pattan Hydropower Project at a ceremony in Islamabad .
  • Prime Minister of Pakistan: Imran Khan.
  • President of Pakistan: Arif Alvi.
  • Capital of Pakistan: Islamabad.
  • China Capital: Beijing; Currency of China: Renminbi.
  • President of China: Xi Jinping.

Israel successfully launches Ofek 16 satellite into space

  • Israel has launched its Ofek 16 reconnaissance satellite into low Earth orbit, marking the latest addition to a fleet deployed over the past 20 years.
  • For the satellite, Elbit Systems supplied its Jupiter Space camera, Israel Aerospace Industries built the launcher through its Systems, Missiles and Space Group and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems worked on the propulsion, fuelling and other elements.
  • Capital of Israel: Jerusalem.
  • The currency of Israel: Israeli Shekel.
  • President of Israel: Reuven Rivlin.
  • Prime Minister of Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu.

China Launches the APSTAR-6D Satellite

  • China successfully sent a commercial telecommunication satellite, known as APSTAR-6D, into a planned orbit from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center .
  • The satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
  • China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp Headquarters: Beijing, China.
  • China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp President: Xu Qiang.