China space exploration - updates

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China says launch of key new space rocket 'successful'

May 05, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The Long March 5B rocket takes off from the Wenchang launch site in the southern island of Hainan

LIFTOFF. A Long March 5B rocket lifts off from the Wenchang launch site on China's southern Hainan island on May 5, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

China conducts first sea-based space rocket launch

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Asian giant now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programs – unveiling ambitious plans for missions to the moon and beyond in the coming decade

LONG MARCH. Mockups of the New Generation Launch Vehicles of Long March Family are on display during the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. Image via Shutterstock

China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The 10-year mission will involve a probe sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples, says Liu Jizhong, head of China's Exploration and Space Engineering Center

NEXT FOR CHINA. A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province early on December 8, 2018. China now spends more on its civil and military space programs than do Russia and Japan, and is second only to the United States. File photo by STR/AFP

China lands probe on far side of moon – state TV

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The probe lands at 10:26 am Beijing time and relays a photo of the 'dark side' of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications between controllers on Earth and the far side of the moon

CHANG’E-4. China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover lands on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019, the first probe to do so, state broadcaster CCTV reported. File photo by STR/AFP

China's Jade Rabbit rover comes 'back to life' – Xinhua

Feb 13, 2014 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED It came back to life At least it is alive and so it is possible we could save it the official Xinhua news agency quoted Pei Zhaoyu spokesman for the lunar program as saying

YUTU ON THE MOON. The Yutu (Jade Rabbit) moon rover as photographed by the Chang'e moon lander, in an image released by the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

China's moon rover sends first photos

Dec 16, 2013 - 8:36 AM

The rover and lander began taking photos of each other late Sunday including one that showed the bright red and yellow stars of the Chinese flag on the Jade Rabbit as it stands on the moon s surface

YUTU ON THE MOON. The Yutu (Jade Rabbit) moon rover as photographed by the Chang'e moon lander, in an image released by the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

China makes history with Jade Rabbit moon rover landing

Dec 15, 2013 - 9:11 AM

UPDATED The landing came 12 days after blast off and was the first of its kind since the former Soviet Union s mission nearly four decades ago

ROVER OUT. China's 1st moon rover, Yutu, separated from lander early Sunday morning, December 15, and rolled to moon surface. Image courtesy Xinhua

China astronaut teaches lesson from space

Jun 20, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Wang Yaping the second Chinese woman in space demonstrated how a variety of objects from a bubble of water to a spinning toy behave in zero gravity

LESSON FROM SPACE. Students watch a lesson by Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping on a screen in their classroom in Beijing 2nd Middle School in Beijing, China, 20 June 2013. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA