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 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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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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China Moving Forward with Big Space Station Plans
An artist's illustration of China's possible future space station.
October 16th, 2014
Space travelers from around the globe recently got a firsthand sense of China's blossoming plans to explore Earth orbit and beyond.
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Astronaut All-Stars Will Visit China to Talk Space Cooperation
China's First Astronaut, Yang Liwei
September 5th, 2014
Space travelers from around the world are headed for China this month for an international Planetary Congress to explore the possibilities of expanding human spaceflight cooperation among different countries.
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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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