China-developed lunar rover Yutu carries out its first lunar surface exploration on Jan 14, 2014. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
China's lunar rover Yutu undertakes its first lunar surface detection on Jan 14, 2014
China's lunar rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, primarily developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), used its mechanical arm to carry out its first exploration of the lunar surface on Jan 14, 2014.
During its first scientific venture, the particle-motivated X-ray spectrometer installed at the end of the robot arm was only about 20 mm away from the target detection point. The detection, with accurate operations, lasted for nearly 30 minutes.
It was a breakthrough in China's high-precision control of a lunar manipulator positioned more than 380,000 km away.
China's first hybrid engine EMU train started be manufactured on Jan 14, 2014
The first hybrid engine electric multiple unit (EMU) train in China, developed by CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC), started to be manufactured on Jan 14, 2014.
With two to three different power sources, such hybrid-powered trains have strong adaptability to operate on both mainline and branch railways as well as electric and non-electric railroads.
A solution providing non-stop transfer and high-efficient operation from non-electric to electric railways, the hybrid engine plays a significant role in China's development of EMU trains with proprietary intellectual property rights.
(Executive editor: Wang Ruoting)