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 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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Two Satellites Placed in Orbit by Chinese Rocket
Long March 2D Rocket Launch on Sept. 4, 2014
September 7th, 2014
China launched a Long March 2D rocket Sept. 4, 2014, carrying a data relay satellite and a payload to conduct multimedia telecommunications experiments.
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New Space Race? US Eyes Asteroids as Other Nations Shoot for the Moon
Buzz Aldrin and Flag During First Moon Landing
July 23rd, 2014
In the four decades since Apollo, no humans have landed on the moon. While NASA has no concrete plans to send astronauts back, other nations are talking about going there.
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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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China's President Xi Wants More Military Use of Space: Report
China's Shijian 11-06 Satellite Launch
April 15th, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly asked his nation's air force to hasten its integration of air and space capabilities. Some of the Chinese media framed Xi's request as a response to actions by the United States and other world powers.
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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 to Launch Recoverable Moon Orbiter Prototype This Year
China Return Capsule
September 3rd, 2014
China's space program has set its sights on an ambitious feat of lunar exploration: robotically landing a probe on the moon and returning lunar samples back to Earth.
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China's 'Lunar Palace' for Space Research Tested on Earth
China's Lunar Palace 1 Layout
June 16th, 2014
Three volunteers stepped out of China's Lunar Palace 1 last month after a 105-day shakeout mission — not on the moon, but at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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