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'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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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 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 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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