02 January 2007, 08:40 AM ET
A renewal of robotic lunar exploration is ready for liftoff in 2007—and not by the United States. This year, China is set to launch its first lunar orbiter, followed by the summer sendoff of a mega-powerful mooncraft from Japan.
08 December 2006, 06:13 PM ET
PARIS — China’s newest geostationary-orbiting meteorological satellite, FengYun 2D, was successfully launched Dec. 8 aboard a Chinese Long March 3A rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China, Chinese government officials announced.
10 November 2006, 10:21 AM ET
The Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) has proposed starting a human spaceflight program, with the first manned flight taking place by 2014 leading up to landing an Indian national on the Moon by 2020, ahead of China.
03 November 2006, 03:10 PM ET
China's next Shenzhou spacecraft to launch astronauts into orbit is under construction as officials draw up plans for the 2008 space shot, the country’s state-run media reported Friday.
26 September 2006, 03:11 PM ET
WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Mike Griffin ruled out Chinese participation in the assembly of the international space station, adding that any U.S.-Chinese collaboration on human space flight projects would have to happen “well down the road.”
25 September 2006, 10:51 AM ET
BEIJING (AP) – The United States is looking to collaborate with China on civilian space projects but will not pursue broad engagement with the military-dominated Chinese space program, NASA's chief administrator said Monday.
24 September 2006, 09:46 AM ET
Top officials from NASA and China are meeting this week to gauge the prospects for potential partnerships in future space endeavors.
13 September 2006, 07:28 AM ET
NASA chief, Mike Griffin, is preparing for his first-hand look at China’s growing space program—a visit slated for month’s end. Expectations and cordialities aside, SPACE.com asked policy and China specialists to gauge the meaning of Griffin’s trip, polit
22 August 2006, 06:38 AM ET
NASA’s Mike Griffin is set for his own personal space travel trek next month, flying overseas to Russia, Japan, and China.
31 July 2006, 03:38 PM ET
A string of robot spacecraft will shoot for the Moon within the next two years, departing from Japan, China, India, as well as the United States. This multi-nation collection of science sensors and exploration gear will provide an extraordinary look at Ea
31 July 2006, 01:00 AM ET
Google Earth community members have spotted a strange installation by the remote Chinese village of Huangyangtan. A 800x700 meter scale model of a mountainous landscape has been created right next to a military base.
21 June 2006, 11:59 AM ET
China is readying a set of radio telescopes to monitor that country’s first lunar orbiter—Chang’e 1—according to Li Yan, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Yunnan Observatory.
20 June 2006, 11:59 AM ET
SHANGHAI, China (AP) – China plans a manned lunar mission by 2024 that will include a walk on the moon's surface, a top Chinese scientist was quoted as saying in a Hong Kong newspaper.
15 June 2006, 06:27 AM ET
A version of this essay was first presented by Michael F. Lembeck is the Director for Northrop Grumman’s Space Exploration Systems Houston Operations, at the National Society of Black Engineer’s Annual Conference luncheon in Pittsburgh, PA this past April
05 June 2006, 03:15 PM ET
China’s escalating expertise in space is also enhancing its competence as a global military force.
18 May 2006, 10:53 AM ET
Space officials in China are eying April of next year for the launch of their first lunar orbiter—Chang’e-I.
28 April 2006, 03:01 PM ET
WASHINGTON -- Chinese space officials skipped out early on an invitation-only exploration workshop sponsored by NASA.
27 April 2006, 11:24 AM ET
China's first space launch of the year came Wednesday when a multipurpose remote sensing satellite was carried into orbit to begin a mission to aid scientific users and serve economic needs.
26 April 2006, 07:03 AM ET
If schedules hold, spacecraft from India, China and Japan will be moonbound before NASA’s own Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter swings into action in 2008. Already on duty, the European Space Agency’s SMART-1 is wrapping up its survey work.
25 April 2006, 07:00 PM ET
NASA administrator Michael Griffin said Tuesday that he will visit China and open up a dialogue with the country’s national space agency.
20 April 2006, 04:34 PM ET
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12 April 2006, 09:22 AM ET
How best to work with China is increasingly becoming part of a space policy debate in the United States. But the Cold War is over, and quasi-captialist China is no Soviet Union.
05 April 2006, 02:26 PM ET
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Chinese space officials have invited NASA Administrator Michael Griffin to visit their country the fall, possibly as early as September.
05 April 2006, 02:17 PM ET
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – China is celebrating its 50th anniversary of space progress this year, but also laying out a sweeping plan for lofting Earth orbiting satellites for a multitude of duties, expanding its human spaceflight abilities, and carrying o
31 March 2006, 11:33 AM ET
WASHINGTON - Some congressmen believe the United States and China are in an unacknowledged space race that this country could lose if it doesn't spend more money on the civilian space program.
24 February 2006, 11:24 AM ET
Chinese space planners have outlined the objectives for the next several missions of their piloted Shenzhou missions. Next up is Shenzhou 7, China’s third human spaceflight that will liftoff in 2008 and include a space walk.
17 November 2005, 06:56 AM ET
LEAGUE CITY, TX – China’s space program is about three decades from landing astronauts on the Moon, but will make significant strides during that time, according to one expert following the nation’s human spaceflight efforts.
03 November 2005, 01:06 PM ET
BEIJING (AP) – China's next space flight will carry three astronauts into orbit to perform a spacewalk and prepare for an eventual space station, newspapers reported Thursday.
21 October 2005, 03:43 PM ET
The orbital module of China's Shenzhou 6 spacecraft, which served as both a living area and space laboratory for astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, will continue to circle Earth for at least six more months after firing its engines to reach a higher
16 October 2005, 08:10 PM ET
Two Chinese astronauts are safely back on Earth after their Shenzhou 6 spacecraft successfully touched down on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia Sunday, concluding a five-day mission and China’s second manned spaceflight.
16 October 2005, 11:40 AM ET
China’s Shenzhou 6 spacecraft and its two-astronaut crew prepared Sunday for their return to Earth after a five-day spaceflight, though Chinese space officials said the exact landing site will be decided hours before the planned touchdown.
16 October 2005, 02:00 AM ET
China’s Shenzhou 6 spacecraft and its two-astronaut crew have safely returned to Earth after an on-time Sunday landing on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.
15 October 2005, 10:45 AM ET
China’s two astronauts orbiting Earth aboard their Shenzhou 6 spacecraft received a call Saturday from President Hu Jintao, who praised their efforts and wished them a “triumphant return,” according to state media reports.
14 October 2005, 11:30 AM ET
China’s Shenzhou 6 spacecraft fired its thrusters early Friday to boost the vehicle back into its original orbit, Chinese state media reported.
13 October 2005, 07:00 PM ET
The two astronauts aboard China’s Shenzhou 6 spacecraft spent their second day in orbit testing the stability of their vehicle and will guide it through an orbital maneuver Friday, the country’s state media reported Thursday.
12 October 2005, 07:23 PM ET
After one day in space, the two astronauts aboard China’s Shenzhou 6 spacecraft have already racked up a series of firsts for their country’s space program, not the least of which began with leaving their seats.