BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.
China’s Mars rover Zhurong has traveled more than 509 meters on the surface of the red planet as of 11 p.m. Saturday, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.
The rover will soon arrive at the second sand dune on its journey on the red planet. It will carry out a detailed survey of the dune and surrounding environment, said the administration.
The SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can only be the product of multi-step natural selection; hence, SARS-CoV-2 is unlikely to have had evolved in a market in a big city and even less likely to have been created in a laboratory, says a scientific article published Friday.
The article, titled “On the origin of SARS-CoV-2 — The blind watchmaker argument,” was published in the latest issue of the journal Science China: Life Sciences. It was authored by 22 scientists working with universities and hospitals in China, or with institutions affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Shanghai Astronomy Museum, the world’s largest planetarium in terms of building scale, officially opens on Saturday and will be open to the public from Sunday.
Covering an area of approximately 58,600 square meters, the museum is located in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lingang Special Area. It is a branch of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.
The museum’s exhibits include approximately 70 meteorites, covering those from the moon, Mars and Vesta, as well as over 120 collections of artifacts such as works of Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler.