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Chang'e 6's Lunar Penetrating Radar Paves the Way for Historic Sampling Mission

At 6:23 a.m. on June 2, the Chang'e-6 lander successfully landed in the pre-selected landing area of the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the Moon and began the drilling sample and surface extraction with drilling tools and robotic arms. The lunar penetrating radar effective payload developed by the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) undertakes the task of subsurface detection before drilling and sampling. The lunar penetrating radar serves as an x-ray machine of geologists, allowing scientists to study the layer structure information beneath the Moon’s surface before sampling.

Jun 11, 2024

10-m Soybean Cropland Maps of China Produced

Researchers from the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have developed a spatiotemporal migration method to accurately map China's soybean cropland. Leveraging Sentinel-1/2, the innovative technique has yielded 10-m maps of China's soybean cropland spanning from 2019 to 2022. The study was published in Scientific Data.

Jun 07, 2024

First-Ever Satellite Monitoring of Leaf Photoprotective Pigment Regulation in Global Vegetation

Researchers at the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) proposed a novel approach to assess dynamics in photoprotective pigments (carotenoids, anthocyanins, and betalains)at the canopy level. This advancement reveals the climatic conditions under which these adjustments typically occur across various global land ecosystems, providing insights into plant adaptation to detrimental environments.

Jun 07, 2024

Uncovering Ancient Mysteries from Space: How Remote Sensing is Transforming Archaeology

A study published in the Remote Sensing of Environment conducted a bibliometric analysis spanning from 1992 to 2022, which reviewed and described the transformative influence of a century of advancements in RSA.

Jun 05, 2024

Most Detailed Map of Water Bodies Across Tibetan Plateau Produced

In a recent effort, researchers from the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have unveiled an unprecedentedly detailed dataset illuminating the complex network of water bodies sprawled across the Tibetan Plateau. Unlike previous studies, which primarily zoomed in on larger water bodies, this dataset paints a holistic picture by furnishing a high-resolution map of water bodies, pinpointing details down to a remarkable 2-meter precision for the year 2020.

May 28, 2024