Science stars of China

WU JI: Upward bound | NANCY IP: Making connections | NIENG YAN: Crystal connoisseur | CAIXIA GAO: Crop engineer | CUI WEICHENG: Deep diver | WANG YIFANG: Particle power | QIAOMEI FU: Genome historian | QIN WEIJIA: Polar explorer | CHEN JINING: Pollution patrol | CHAOYANG LU: Quantum wizard WU JI: Upward bound The country’s top space-science official aims high with bold research missions.By Celeste Biever Illustration by Paddy Mills A fleet of model spacecraft decorates Wu Ji’s office, including the Chang’e 3 lander and its Yutu rover that made up China’s first mission to explore the Moon’s surface. That expedition in December 2013 captivated the world and signalled China’s vast ambitions in space. But for Wu, who has been director-general of China’s National Space Science Center (NSSC) in Beijing…

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