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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

'Out of control' space lab to become celestial fireball on April 2 – China

Apr 01, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The Tiangong-1 is expected to make an uncontrolled earthbound plunge on Monday, April 2, but Chinese authorities say there is 'no need for people to worry'

Chinese technicians at the Jiuquan Space Centre monitor the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft as it prepares to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking, on June 24, 2012. The Chinese spacecraft on June 24 successfully completed the country's first manual docking in orbit, a milestone in an ambitious programme to build a space station by the end of the decade. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / STR

China heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails – state media

Jul 02, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Abnormality was detected during the flight of the Long March 5 Y2 rocket says Xinhua

World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China

Sep 25, 2016 - 2:38 PM

3rd UPDATE The Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope will explore space and search for signs of intelligent life

WORLD'S BIGGEST. The Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) costs $180 million. Photo from FAST's website

China aims to land probe on dark side of the moon

Sep 10, 2015 - 7:56 PM

The far side of the moon has been seen by previous probes but no country has attempted a landing

China to launch second space lab in 2016 – official

Sep 10, 2014 - 5:05 PM

China will launch its second orbiting space laboratory in two years time the latest step in an ambitious space program Beijing says will one day land a Chinese man on the moon

China's Long March 2F rocket carrying the Tiangong-1 module, or 'Heavenly Palace', blasts off from the Jiuquan launch centre in Gansu province on September 29, 2011. Stringer/AFP

China launches longest-ever manned space mission

Jun 11, 2013 - 5:50 PM

China launches its longest ever manned space mission as it steps up its ambitious space program

SPACE MISSION. Wang Yaping, mission commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang wave to onlookers as they prepare to board the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu on June 11, 2013. China launched its longest-ever manned space mission on June 11. CHINA OUT AFP photo

China to send second woman into space

Jun 10, 2013 - 6:36 PM

Wang Yaping is part of the crew of Shenzhou 10 which will be in orbit for 15 days

CHINA’S SYMBOL. The Shenzhou X spacecraft carried by a Long March-2F carrier rocket is installed at the launch pad in Jiuquan, Northwest China's Gansu province in the morning of June 3, 2013. File China OUT AFP