China’s Dark Matter Satellite Sends Message to Earth

© Flickr / NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterIn the continued pursuits to understand dark matter, researchers think they may be one step closer to figuring out how it functions in the universe - interacting with something other than gravity.
In the continued pursuits to understand dark matter, researchers think they may be one step closer to figuring out how it functions in the universe - interacting with something other than gravity. - Sputnik International
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On December 17, China sent the country's first space telescope into space in a renewed search for signs of dark matter, invisible material that according to scientists forms most of the mass of universe.

Wukong — the country's first dark matter probe satellite sent a message to the ground stations in China, scientists announced Monday.

A station in Kashgar in northwest China's Xinjiang effectively tracked and received data from the Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) Satellite on Sunday.

This NASA handout image received 15 May 2007 shows dark matter ring in a galaxy center - Sputnik International
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The received data was transferred to the National Space Science Center, according to a Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) statement, Chinese media reported.

Similarly, the Miyun and Sanya stations in south China's Hainan Province also tracked data from the satellite later on Sunday.

According to scientists the data is “correct format and of good quality,” CAS said.

On Thursday, China sent the country's first space telescope into space in search for signals of dark matter.

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