China to Launch Manned Spaceship in 2013

As Shenzhou 9 made a triumphant return earlier this year,  China is planning to launch Shenzhou 10 in 2013, Reuters reports: The crew could include one female and two male astronauts, who are scheduled to enter the Tiangong 1...

China Blasts into Space

As China launched and successfully docked it’s first manned spaceship since 2008, the country’s first female astronaut, Liu Yang, joined two other astronauts to carry out their first manned docking mission. The New York Times...

Who Will Be China’s First Female Astronaut?

The Guardian’s Tania Branigan reports that two female fighter pilots, Liu Yang and Wang Yaping, have made the shortlist to become China’s first female astronaut. One of them will join the country’s first manned...

China Unveils Rival to International Space Station

The Chinese government has unveiled plans for a space station, the latest step in its rapidly advancing space program which put the country’s first man in space less than a decade ago. From the Guardian: The space station...

China Signs Up First Female Astronauts

From China’s Space Daily: China’s space authorities added seven new members to its astronaut crew on Friday, with two women included for the first time. As usual, the names of the second batch of astronauts were not...

China Picks Mothers for Astronaut Training

China’s first female astronauts are now undergoing training, the Guardian reports: Two women and five men have been selected as the next generation to go into space, a Hong Kong newspaper reported today, citing an unnamed...

China Picks First Female Astronaut Candidates

From the Associated Press: China’s military-backed space program has selected 45 astronaut candidates, including its first women hopefuls, for a training program less than a year after the country completed its first...

China Doctor Reveals 100 Rules For Would-be Spacemen

From Reuters: No scars, no history of serious illness in the last three generations of your family, and no tooth cavities. These are amongst the 100 health requirements for would-be astronauts vying to be part of China’s...

China mission sets space record

From BBCnews: China’s Shenzhou VI has entered its second day in orbit, making it the country’s longest manned space flight so far. Astronauts Nie Haisheng, celebrating

adAstra: Emerging China, Engaging China

AdAstra, the magazine of the National Space Society, has issued a special edition titled “Emerging China, Engaging China,” which contains several articles that “examine China’s emerging space prowess, its...



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