Nanchang Railway Station is crowded with travelers heading to various destinations and passengers who are going home during the National Day holiday in Nanchang, East China's Jiangxi province, on Oct 1, 2019. [Photo/IC]
>Rail network preps for travel rush
A total of 108 million train trips are expected to be made during the travel rush from Monday through Oct 8, with a daily average of about 9.82 million trips, China State Railway Group said.
The company noted the peak of train transport is expected to be registered on Wednesday, Oct 1 - the first day of the National Day holiday, with 13 million passenger trips. The figure will hit a record high for daily railway passenger trips after the outbreak.
To serve rising demand, 9,500 trains will be put into operation every day, an addition of 1,200 trains compared to a normal period, it added.
Some 408 million road trips are expected to be made during the holiday, according to the Ministry of Transport.
All expressways will be toll-free for passenger cars with seven seats or fewer from Thursday to Oct 8.
>Employment situation stable
China's new college graduates have enjoyed stable employment this year thanks to joint efforts by central and local governments, universities and enterprises, a senior education official said on Monday.
The country had a record 8.74 million graduates this year, 400,000 more than last year, according to the Ministry of Education.
They have been faced with "unprecedented challenges" due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, and it has been "extremely difficult" to ensure stable employment, said Wang Hui, director of the ministry's Department of College Student Affairs.
More than 2.8 million students have found jobs in the public sector, including in government institutions, State-owned enterprises, public schools, grassroots service and rural areas, up from 2.1 million last year, he said at a news conference.
To ease the employment pressure on new graduates, the ministry plans to increase the enrollment of master's degree students by 189,000, while the country's bachelor's degree programs strive to admit an additional 322,000 junior college students.
NASA's Artemis program hopes to land astronauts on the Moon in 2024. Credit: NASA
>First woman on Moon by 2024
NASA said that in four years, it plans to land the first woman ever on the Moon and the first man since 1972 through its Artemis program. The program calls for $28 billion in funding through 2025 for Phase 1, NASA said in its news release.
"The last person walked on the Moon in 1972," according to Bettina Inclán, NASA Communications Director. "
No woman has ever walked on the lunar surface," Inclán said.
The astronauts will be fitted with modern spacesuits that allow for greater flexibility and movement than the spacesuits used by Apollo-era astronauts, and they will be tasked with collecting samples and conducting a "range of science experiments over the course of nearly seven days."
The Artemis program will search for and potentially extract resources, such as water, that can be converted into other usable resources, such as oxygen and fuel, and NASA hopes to develop new mobility capabilities that will allow astronauts to explore new regions of the Moon.