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China science, technology news summary -- Dec. 1

Xinhua
01 Dec 2020, 13:30 GMT+10

BEIJING, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

CHANG'E-5 PROBE

China's Chang'e-5 probe is preparing for a soft landing on the moon to undertake the country's first collection of samples from an extraterrestrial body.

The lander-ascender combination of the spacecraft separated from its orbiter-returner combination at 4:40 a.m. Monday (Beijing Time), according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

FOSSILIZED TRILOBITE

Chinese scientists have found a fossilized trilobite with an unusual cephalic morphology dating back around 500 million years in east China's Shandong Province.

The 4-cm-long trilobite is named Phantaspis auritus, which is characterized by a head with an extended anterior area with a double-lobate shape resembling a pair of rabbit ears.

HYDROLOGICAL DATA SHARING FOR LANCANG-MEKONG RIVER

A website for sharing water resources information among six countries along the Lancang-Mekong River was launched Monday in Beijing, paving the way for enhanced sharing of hydrological data, knowledge, experience and technologies.

China has officially provided the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) countries with the river's hydrological information during the dry season starting from Nov. 1 this year, which is expected to help them better tackle climate change and natural disasters such as floods and droughts.

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