Latest News About Chinas Space Program Archive
27 December 2013, 05:01 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper taken from the International Space Station is not an interstellar cloud formation but artificial light over a cloudy China.
26 December 2013, 08:00 AM ET
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.
17 December 2013, 03:57 PM ET
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has added China's Chang'e 3 lander and rover — which touched down on the moon on Saturday (Dec. 14) — to its list of observation targets. Three other NASA moon probes have watched Chang'e 3 as well.
16 December 2013, 09:19 AM ET
Chinese State TV released video of the lunar probe Chane'e 3 landing on the moon and deployment of its Yutu rover.
14 December 2013, 10:19 PM ET
China's first-ever moon rover is driving on the lunar surface after successfully separating from its carrier lander to begin exploring its landing locale: the Bay of Rainbows.
14 December 2013, 02:41 PM ET
China became the first country to make a 'soft landing' of a spacecraft in almost 40 years. The last country to do so was the Soviet Union in 1976.
14 December 2013, 08:40 AM ET
China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft landed on the moon on Dec. 14, marking a historic lunar arrival for China's space agency. The Chang'e 3 lander is carrying China's Yutu moon rover. See how they will explore the lunar surface here.
13 December 2013, 05:55 PM ET
China's bid to become the third nation to soft-land robotic hardware on the moon is nearing the moment of truth.
13 December 2013, 12:00 PM ET
China's first moon rover mission is poised for weekend landing on the lunar surface, an event that — successful — will mark the country's first robotic landing on another celestial body. Here's what Chang'e 3 and the Yutu rover could do.
09 December 2013, 05:27 PM ET
A $250 million Earth-observation satellite developed by China and Brazil was lost in launch mishap on a Long March 4B rocket early Monday (Dec. 9), officials said. The CBERS 3 satellite launched at 0326 GMT Monday (9:26 p.m. EST Sunday) on a Chinese Long
07 December 2013, 02:09 PM ET
Less than five days after leaving Earth atop a blazing Long March launcher, China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft reached lunar orbit Friday to prepare for an historic rocket-assisted touchdown in the moon's Bay of Rainbows later this month.
06 December 2013, 06:00 AM ET
China's Chang'e-3 moon lander carries a six-wheeled rover vehicle on its back. See how Chang'e 3 and the Yutu ('Jade Rabbit') rover work in this infographic.
02 December 2013, 09:20 AM ET
China successfully launched its first Chang'e 3 lunar lander and Yutu rover, bound for a soft landing attempt and a three-month mission to the Moon.
01 December 2013, 01:04 PM ET
See launch photos for China's Chang'e 3 moon lander and Yutu rover on Dec. 2, 2013 local time (Dec. 1 EST) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
01 December 2013, 12:38 PM ET
China's first-ever mission to land a rover on the moon has begun its journey toward the lunar frontier. China's Chang'e 3 moon lander and its Yutu rover launched toward the moon on Dec. 2 local time (Dec. 1 EST). See what it means for China in space.
30 November 2013, 12:34 PM ET
China will launch its first moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) on Sunday (Dec. 1) at 12:30 p.m. ET on the Chang'e 3 moon landing mission. See what the moon rover mission means for China.
15 October 2013, 11:07 AM ET
The U.S. dominated the commercial launch market in the early 1980s but lost most of that ground to Europe and Russia over the last two decades. China remains a bit player now, but that won't be the case for long, SpaceX officials say.
15 October 2013, 10:47 AM ET
Is the U.S. losing its spaceflight dominance to China?
15 October 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Ten years ago today, China became the third nation to independently launch an astronaut to Earth orbit. A decade later, it's working to get a sophisticated robotic lander/rover to the moon, with liftoff slated for sometime in December.
05 October 2013, 08:01 AM ET
While Sandra Bullock and George Clooney will be praised for their performances in "Gravity," some of the true stars of the new film don't have any lines at all.
01 October 2013, 01:46 PM ET
NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. Powerd by NewsLook
28 September 2013, 08:11 AM ET
Chinese space officials are rolling out a welcome mat to other nations eager to gain access to their future space station. China plans to launch a second space laboratory by 2015, an experimental space station in 2018 and a 60-ton station by 2020.
23 September 2013, 09:38 AM ET
China's first manned space flight occurred in October 2003. Within 10 years since that flight, they've demonstrated rendezvous and docking, developed international partnerships and plans for the first Chinese space station
09 September 2013, 07:12 AM ET
The strange activities of three Chinese satellites in orbit has space experts guessing at what is taking place in orbit. China launched the satellite trio in July, and some wonder if anti-satellite technology is being tested.
29 August 2013, 08:03 AM ET
Chinese space officials announced Wednesday (Aug. 28) that they plan to launch the country's first moon rover at the end of this year, Xinhua reported.
21 August 2013, 11:06 PM ET
China is pressing forward on its human space exploration plans, intent on establishing an international space station and, experts say, harnessing the technological muscle to send its astronauts to the moon.
15 July 2013, 07:36 AM ET
China has successfully test-fired the rocket engine that will power the next-generation heavy-lift booster, the Long March 5, that will help drive the country's space exploration into the final frontier. See how it worked.
28 June 2013, 03:12 PM ET
With China's Shenzhou 10 mission in the human spaceflight books, the country is moving forward with plans for a huge space station in Earth orbit.
25 June 2013, 08:15 PM ET
The Shenzhou 10 crew spent 15 days in space, a Chinese record.
20 June 2013, 11:50 AM ET
Get a lesson in space science from three Chinese astronauts.
19 June 2013, 06:40 AM ET
The Chang'e 3 mission is slated to launch toward the end of 2013.
14 June 2013, 12:17 PM ET
China aims to build a large manned space station in 2020.
11 June 2013, 10:30 AM ET
Taikonauts Nie Haisheng, Wang Yaping and Zhang Xiaoguang launched to China's Tiangong-1 outpost in space on June 11th, 2013. They are delivering cargo and will remain on-orbit for 15 days.
10 June 2013, 05:30 PM ET
The capsule carrying China's second female astronaut and two crewmates will spend 15 days in space.
06 June 2013, 05:36 PM ET
China's fifth crew space mission will visit the unmanned Tiangong 1 module in orbit.
21 May 2013, 05:21 PM ET
China is intent on becoming a major space power.