China launches three astronauts to space station module in first crewed mission since 2016

Three Chinese astronauts on Thursday flew to an unfinished space station in China’s first crewed mission since 2016, expanding the country’s already growing near-Earth presence and challenging U.S. leadership in orbital space. The astronauts rode to Tianhe – the module that will be the living quarters of China’s completed space station – on Shenzhou-12, or… Read More China launches three astronauts to space station module in first crewed mission since 2016

China’s moon probe returns to Earth with lunar samples

China’s Chang’e-5 moon probe has landed in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, the official Xinhua news agency reported, completing its return to Earth and bringing back the first lunar samples since the 1970s. The return capsule touched down in the Siziwang, or Dorbod, banner of Inner Mongolia, in the early hours of Thursday… Read More China’s moon probe returns to Earth with lunar samples