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Chinese Space Program

'Jade Rabbit' Brought Back To Life, But Glitch Persists

AP | Posted 02.13.2014 | Science

BEIJING (AP) — China has restored communications with its space program's troubled "Jade Rabbit" moon rover, but engineers are still working to fix ...

Amazing Point-Of-View Video Shows New Lunar Probe Nail Landing

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.17.2013 | Science

A breathtaking new video shows the vertiginous descent of China's new Chang'e-3 lunar probe -- and showcases the rise of that nation's increasingly am...

New Lunar Rover Gets Rolling

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 12.16.2013 | Science

BEIJING (AP) — China's first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several h...

Probe Makes First Moon Landing In 37 Years

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 02.13.2014 | Science

BEIJING (AP) — State media say China has safely carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. Sta...

Will Moon Lander Cause Political Dust-Up?

Space.com | Leonard David | Posted 11.26.2013 | Science

China's mission to robotically land on the moon next month is sure to stir up lunar dust, but it may also cause a political dustup, too. China is in...

Gravity and American Exceptionalism in Outer Space

Lauren Lyons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lauren Lyons

The romantic bygone era of winning the Space Race is in the past. Wouldn't it make a stronger case for NASA funding if we were more honest about our competitive positioning? We can bash them all we like, but there is a reason countries are so eager to work with China, and it's certainly not because the they are failing.

Strange Maneuvers Of Chinese Satellites Fuel Speculation

LiveScience | Leonard David | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science

A set of three mysterious satellites has experts guessing about the Chinese space program's intentions. No one really knows what the Chinese are up t...

Astronauts Return To Earth After Record-Breaking Mission

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2013 | Science

BEIJING (Reuters) - Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, touching down in north China's Inner Mongolia after a successful 15-day m...

China Ramps Up Space Program With Edge-Of-Desert Launch

AP | ANDY WONG | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science

JIUQUAN, China — A Chinese spacecraft blasted off to begin the country's fifth and longest manned space mission, taking three astronauts to an o...

Chinese Space Program Sets Date For Fifth Manned Mission

AP | Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

BEIJING -- China will send three astronauts to its orbiting space station this summer in a mission that's part of preparations to establish an even la...

China To Launch New Manned Spaceship Next Year

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2013 | Science

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to launch its Shenzhou 10 spacecraft in early June 2013, one of the senior officials in charge of the manned space pro...

China Reveals Bold Plan To Explore Mars

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2012 | Science

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which has yet to put a person on the moon, aims to land probes on more distant Mars to collect samples by 2030, the chief s...

Manned Mission Will Be China's Next Step Toward Space Station

AP | Posted 04.17.2012 | Science

BEIJING (AP) — China's next space mission will carry three astronauts who will dock with and live inside an experimental orbiting module launched la...

What To Expect From Science In 2012

Posted 01.04.2012 | Science

2012 promises to be a particularly exciting year for science. With a Mars rover, a big push in the Chinese space program and a record-breaking superco...

China Reveals Plans For Space Station Labs

AP | By LOUISE WATT | Posted 12.29.2011 | World

BEIJING -- China plans to launch space labs and manned ships and prepare to build space stations over the next five years, according to a plan release...

China Tests Space Station Module To Launch In 2011

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

BEIJING — China has finished the first module of a planned space station and is testing its electronics and other systems before launching it in...

China Launches Chang'e II Lunar Probe

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

BEIJING — China launched an unmanned lunar probe on Friday, the latest milestone for an ambitious space program that aims to put a man on the mo...

Russia May Send Spacecraft To Knock Away Asteroid That Could Hit Earth

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Russia's space agency chief said Wednesday a spacecraft may be dispatched to knock a large asteroid off course and reduce the chances o...