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China Plans Moon Probe Landing in 2013

China is planning an unmanned moon landing in the second half on next year, according to a brief announcement in state media. From Reuters: In 2007, China launched its first moon orbiter, the Chang’e One orbiter, named...

China’s Space Programme: Rockets Galore

The Economist reports on a recent government paper which sets out China’s ambitions in space, including improved Long March launchers, its own constellation of global positioning satellites, and fresh footprints on the...

China Successfully Launches 2nd Lunar Probe

Xinhua (via Global Times) reports on the successful launch of its lunar probe, Chang’e-2: China launched its second unmanned lunar probe, Chang’e-2 on Friday, inaugurating the second phase of a three-step moon...

US Lunar Pull-Out Leaves China Shooting for Moon

From AFP: China aims to land its first astronauts on the moonwithin a decade at the dawn of a new era of manned space exploration– a race it now leads thanks to the US decision to drop its lunar programme. US President...

Second Moon Probe Next Year

From China Daily: China plans to launch Chang’e-2, the country’s second lunar probe, at the end of 2010, space authorities announced yesterday. The design and production of Chang’e-2 is complete, and the lunar...

China to Take Next Leap in Moon Probe

Chang’e-2, China’s second lunar probe, will be sent up into space in less than a year. From China Daily: China’s second lunar probe, Chang’e-2, will be launched in October 2010, a top space scientist said...

One Giant Step for China

From Michael Sheridan of the Times Online, a look at China’s space program and the search for the first Chinese woman to go into space: So, the right stuff in China means more than floating in a weightless test-plane...

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...

The New Space Race: China vs. US

The case of U.S. Department of Justice charges a former Boeing engineer passing secrets to the PRC is not a just diplomatic issue, rather suggests an intense space race between China and US, from Time: Both the U.S. and China...

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