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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...

China’s Long March to the Moon – Gordon Fairclough

From Wall Street Journal: Fifty years after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first man-made satellite, and jolted the U.S. into a race for space, China is ramping up a new space contest — with an eye on rival Japan. Tomorrow evening, the China National Space Administration is scheduled to fire a “Long March” […]

China To Launch 1st Moon Orbiter In Late October – Xinhua

From Xinhua: A senior Chinese official said here Tuesday that researchers and technicians are making final preparations for the launch of the country’s first moon orbiter, Chang’e I, at the end of October. Zhang Qingwei, minister in charge of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND), who is attending the 17th […]

The Birth of Chang’e I, China’s Moon Program – Global Character

Translated by CDT from Global Character (ÁéØÁêɉ∫∫Áâ©) magazine: While many countries are either working on or planning a moon landing, China’s first moon explorer, code-named Chang’e I, is about to launch, expected at year’s end. With the launch spectator tickets running as high as 1,000 yuan, there seems to be a shortage of supply. More […]

China May Win New Space Race, NASA Says – Marcia Dunn

NASA has all but admitted defeat in the space race. From AP: “I personally believe that China will be back on the moon before we are,” NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a low-key lecture in Washington two weeks ago, marking the space agency’s 50th anniversary, still a year away. “I think when that happens, […]

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