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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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's 'Great Wall of Dust' Seen From Space
Dust in China
April 26th, 2014
A massive east Asian dust storm is caught on satellite imagery on April 23, 2014. Dust storms are common in northern China and southern Mongolia during the late winter and spring, and pollution often affects Beijing and other cities.
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China Moon Rover Survives Lunar Night, 'Stands a Chance' of Recovery
Chang'e 3 Moon Rover Image Dec. 2013
February 13th, 2014
It's alive! … Sort of. Reports of the death of China's first moon rover have been greatly exaggerated. According to state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua, Yutu, the nation's first moon rover, is now awake and has apparently survived its second lunar night
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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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Has China's Ailing Moon Rover Survived 2nd Lunar Night?
China's Yutu Rover Fate in Doubt
February 12th, 2014
China's first moon lander, Chang'e 3, is reportedly up and running following its second encounter with the vicious lunar night cycle. But whether the lander's sidekick, the Yutu moon rover, also survived the lunar cold is not immediately clear.
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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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Chinese Long March Rocket Boosts Experimental Satellite Into Orbit
China's Shijian 11-06 Satellite Launch
April 2nd, 2014
China launched an experimental satellite Monday aboard a Long March 2C rocket from the Jiuquan space base in northwest China, according to official media reports.
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Dead or Alive, China's Yutu Rover Says Much About How We Relate to Robots (Op-Ed)
Robot toys, humanizing robots
February 5th, 2014
This weekend, the moon’s fortnightly rotation cycle turns China’s lunar rover Yutu (the Jade Rabbit) and its solar panels toward the sun once again … but whether the rover wakes up or not remains to be seen.
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