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Shenzhou X Completes Successful Docking Mission

China’s Shenzhou 10 spacecraft successfully touched down in Inner Mongolia on Wednesday, completing a 15-day docking mission with China’s first space station. From Reuters: The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft, China’s...

Shenzhou 10 Astronaut Beams Lesson From Space

After the launch of the Shenzhou 10 on June 11 and the spacecraft’s successful docking with the experimental Tiangong-1 space station/laboratory module two days later, China’s second female astronaut in space Wang...

Shenzhou 10 Spacecraft Launched Successfully

China’s Shenzhou (Sacred Vessel) 10 spacecraft launched successfully from its base in the Gobi Desert on Tuesday, carrying three astronauts on a 15 day mission to the orbiting Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 1 space station....

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...

Will China Blast Past America In Space?

In this month’s Foreign Policy, John Hickman contemplates a Chinese annexation of the moon You might be asking: Why on God’s green Earth would Beijing want to colonize the moon? The crazy thing is that, if one...

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...

The Heavenly Palace: China and the Final Frontier

Last week was a proud one for China.  Two days before celebrating its 62nd anniversary, the PRC successfully launched Tiangong-1.  Asian Scientist provides the details: On Thursday night, China took a giant leap in its 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...

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