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 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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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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China's Moon Rover and Lander Spotted by NASA Spacecraft (Photos)
China's Chang'e 3 moon rover (large arrow) and rover (small arrow) are shown in this view from the LROC NAC instrument of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter just before lunar sunset on their first "day." Image released Dec. 30, 2013.
January 3rd, 2014
China's first moon lander and rover have been spotted on the lunar surface by a sharp-shooting NASA spacecraft. In the new NASA images, the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover are clearly visible in photos by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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China Targets Moon Sample-Return Mission in 2017
Robotic Lunar Exploration China's Phase-Three Planning
December 26th, 2013
As China's Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover mission to the moon unfolds, the country's space authorities are pushing forward on their next stage of lunar progress — gathering select samples of the moon and rocketing them back to Earth.
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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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5 Most Amazing Spaceflight Feats of 2013
SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine in Flight
December 29th, 2013
Space feats reached internationally and into interplanetary space in 2013, with milestones stretching from Earth to Mars.
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