Latest News About China's Space Program

China became the third country ever to launch a human into space in 2003 and has been expanding its space program ever since. Get the latest news about China's space program, launches and space missions.
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Pentagon Says 2013 Chinese Launch May Have Tested Antisatellite Technology
General John Hyten
May 19th, 2015
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
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Chinese Moon Probe Performs Sample-Return Tech Test in Lunar Orbit
Chinese Service Module Illustration
March 16th, 2015
China is reporting new progress in shaking out procedures required for rocketing back to Earth samples from the Moon.
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Chinese Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around the Moon
China's Service Module from Circumlunar Test Flight
January 12th, 2015
A Chinese spacecraft service module has entered orbit around the moon, months after being used in the country's landmark test flight last November that sent a prototype sample-return capsule on a flight around the moon and returned it to Earth.
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Going Back to the Moon: Q&A with Planetary Scientist Paul Spudis
Artist's concept of a lunar base
April 21st, 2015
Planetary scientist Paul Spudis has long been calling for humanity to return to the moon. He tells Space.com why manned exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor is so important.
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The Moon's History Is Surprisingly Complex, Chinese Rover Finds
Chinese Yutu Rover on the Moon
March 12th, 2015
The Yutu rover found evidence of at least nine distinct rock layers deep beneath its wheels, indicating that the area has been surprisingly geologically active over the past 3.3 billion years.
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China Has Big Plans to Explore the Moon and Mars
Chang'e 5 Robotic Lunar Sample Return Craft
December 3rd, 2014
China is ramping up its space activities, with plans for a large space station as well as ambitious missions to the moon and Mars in the coming years.
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China Outlines New Rockets, Space Station and Moon Plans
China's Long March Boosters
March 17th, 2015
China booster builders are slated to augment their Long March family of launchers this year and in 2016. According to Chinese news services, the country will soon fly their Long March 6 – likely in the middle of this year.
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China and Europe Will Team Up for Robotic Space Mission
China and the European Space Agency will work together on a robotic space mission in the near future, and launched a call for ideas on Jan. 19, 2015 on what that mission should be.
January 22nd, 2015
On Jan. 19, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the European Space Agency issued a call for proposals for a robotic space mission that the two organizaitons will develop jointly, with launch expected in 2021.
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