>Mars probe marks first step
China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 successfully carried out its first orbital correction Sunday morning, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
The probe conducted the orbital correction at 7 am (Beijing Time) after its 3,000 N engine worked for 20 seconds, and continued to head for Mars.
Before the orbital correction, the Mars probe had traveled more than 230 hours in space, and was about 3 million km away from the Earth. All the systems of the probe were in good condition.
The probe will undergo several orbital corrections in a more than six-month journey to Mars, said the CNSA source.
The Mars probe is expected to reach the red planet around February 2021.
After entering the orbit, it will spend another two to three months surveying the candidate landing sites before landing.
>Surge in duty-free shopping
China's island province of Hainan has recorded 2.219 billion yuan in duty-free shopping by tourists from July 1 to 27, up 234.19% from the same period last year, the General Administration of Customs said. During the period, about 281,000 tourists visited the island, up 42.71% year-on-year.
Starting from July 1, Hainan has increased its annual tax-free shopping quota from 30,000 yuan to 100,000 yuan per person each year.
The range of duty-free goods has also expanded, growing from 38 categories to 45, while the previous tax-free limit of 8,000 yuan for a single product has been lifted.
China released a master plan in early June on building the southern island province into a globally influential free trade port.
>US move angers TikTok users
The TikTok community is pouring out its frustration over the possible ban by the US government and is expressing support for the company on social media.
The app has gained in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, since many view it as a source of entertainment and education.
Many young TikTok users are so desperate to keep the app around that they launched a movement called "saveTikTok" on social media.
TikTok star Griffin Johnson tweeted on Saturday that it had given him "a lot of friends & memories that I will forever be thankful for".
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said in a blog post on Wednesday that the reason his company was under scrutiny was because of its Chinese origins.
Under the grand framework of China-US strategic gaming, the rise of TikTok is symbolic of the challenge to US dominance in information technology, said Shen Yi, professor and director of the Research Institution of Global Cyberspace Governance at Fudan University in Shanghai.
"This is likely to cause fury in the White House," he said. Shen said TikTok's success, especially its popularity among the younger generation of American users, stands to showcase a true China to local audiences and could help destroy the "evil China image" that the Trump administration has long been fabricating. "This is a fight for supremacy over discourse and ideology."
>Crew Dragon's splashdown
The SpaceX Crew Dragon "Endeavour" spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts parachuted to a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida on Sunday, completing a two-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
When the spacecraft splashed down off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at 2:48 pm EDT Sunday, the SpaceX recovery vessel GO Navigator was waiting at the landing zone.
The recovery teams then opened the hatch and retrieved NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, according to NASA live broadcast.
The return of the test flight with the two astronauts from the ISS marks the first splashdown of an American crew spacecraft in 45 years, said NASA.
It also wrapped up the test flight for the first commercially owned and operated crewed spacecraft under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
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