Mars probe Tianwen 1 is seen in its first selfies in space on Oct 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Mars probe travels 300M km
China's Tianwen 1 Mars probe had traveled 300 million kilometers as of Tuesday morning, according to the China National Space Administration. The administration said in a statement that the spacecraft was in good condition.
By Tuesday morning, the robotic probe had flown 116 days in an Earth-Mars transfer trajectory toward the red planet, about 63.8 million km away from the Earth, it noted.
The spacecraft is programmed to reach the Martian gravitational field in February and then begin to prepare for landing, which is expected to take place in May.
After the landing, it will release a rover to conduct scientific exploration.
Tianwen 1, the country's first independent Mars mission, was launched by a Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket on July 23 at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China』s Hainan province, opening the nation's planetary exploration program.
The logo of Alibaba Group is seen at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, July 20, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]
>Hangzhou draws overseas grads
Hangzhou is increasingly becoming a hot spot for Chinese graduates returning from overseas, with an average annual salary of 282,800 yuan, a white paper released recently said. The white paper was jointly issued by Liepin Overseas and Providence Academy at the 2020 Chinese Overseas Students Conference held in Hangzhou earlier this month.
In Hangzhou, salaries for such grads increased nearly 32 percent year-on-year, the highest among all Chinese cities, followed by Beijing, which saw a 30 percent year-on-year rise, according to the 2020 China Overseas Students Development White Paper.
Nearly three-fourths of grads who return from overseas are aged between 25 and 35, and nearly four-fifths have master's degrees or above.
Business administration and finance are the two most popular majors among those grads, according to the white paper.
Nationwide, higher-paying jobs in security and rapidly developing internet-related industries are first choices for returned grads.
In 2019, internet-related industries surpassed securities, attracting 17 percent of the grads.
A doctor waits for patients to arrive at the Policlinico Tor Vergata hospital where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are being treated in Rome, on Nov 13, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]
>Coronavirus timeline rewritten
The coronavirus may have been circulating in Italy since September 2019, three months before it first emerged in China, according to a study released Sunday by the National Cancer Institute in Milan.
The research showed that 11.6 percent of the 959 healthy volunteers who participated in a lung cancer screening trial between September 2019 to March 2020 had developed COVID-19 antibodies well before February.
Giovanni Apolone, a co-author of the study, said four cases from the study dated to the first week in October last year, which means those people had been infected in September.
The northern region of Lombardy, whose capital is Milan where the pandemic first emerged in February, had previously reported an unusually high number of cases of severe flu and pneumonia in the last quarter of 2019 in a sign that COVID-19 may have circulated earlier than previously thought.
IOC President Thomas Bach (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. [Photo/Agencies]
>Athletes urged to get vaccine
Olympic "participants" and fans arriving for next year's postponed Tokyo Games will be encouraged to be vaccinated to protect the public, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday.
Bach campaigned across Tokyo on Monday, his first visit to Japan since the Olympics were postponed almost 8 months ago amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"In order to protect the Japanese people and out of respect for the Japanese people, the IOC will undertake great effort so that as many people as possible - Olympic participants and visitors will arrive here with a vaccine, if by then a vaccine is available," Bach said after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
"We want to convince as many foreign participants as possible to accept a vaccine," Bach added later after meeting with Yoshiro Mori, the head of the local organizing committee. " This makes us all very confident that we can have spectators in the Olympic stadiums next year and that spectators will enjoy a safe environment."
A possible vaccine was announced last week by Pfizer Inc, which could greatly help the IOC and local organizers stage the Olympics.
The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021.
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