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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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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China's 1st Round-Trip Moon Shot Sets Stage for Bigger Lunar Feats
Retrieval Team Inspects China's Lunar Test Capsule
November 5th, 2014
In the coming years, China plans to launch another moon lander and rover, as well as an ambitious lunar sample-return mission.
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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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Chinese Moon Probe Returns to Earth
China's Latest Moon Mission
November 1st, 2014
China's latest moon mission, which some people are calling Chang'e 5 T1, returned to Earth at around 6 p.m. EDT Friday, ending an eight-day unmanned flight designed to test out technology for a future lunar sample-return project.
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China Readies Moon Mission for Launch Next Week
China's Re-Entry Capsule
October 14th, 2014
The upcoming launch, expected to take place Oct. 23 from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, will apparently send an experimental, recoverable probe to lunar orbit and back to validate tech needed for a lunar sample-return mission.
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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 Poised to Launch Next Moon Mission on Thursday
China's Lunar Sample Program
October 22nd, 2014
The unmanned mission will apparently send a spacecraft around the moon; on its way back toward Earth, the probe will release a capsule to perform a high-speed plunge through the planet's atmosphere.
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