Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft successfully docks with China’s space station

A Chinese robotic resupply cargo spacecraft successfully docked with an orbiting space station module on Monday in the fourth of 11 missions needed to finish building China’s first permanent space station by the end of next year. A Long March-7 rocket carrying the Tianzhou-3, or “Heavenly Vessel” in Chinese, blasted off at 3:10 p.m. Beijing… Read More Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft successfully docks with China’s space station

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 makes history with successful spacecraft landing on Mars surface

An uncrewed Chinese spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Saturday, state news agency Xinhua reported, making China the second space-faring nation after the United States to land on the Red Planet. The Tianwen-1 spacecraft landed on a site on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, “leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars… Read More China makes history with successful spacecraft landing on Mars surface

China’s rocket debris reenters earth, lands in Indian Ocean

Remnants of China’s biggest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, with most of its components destroyed upon re-entry into the atmosphere, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit but drawing U.S. criticism over lack of transparency. The coordinates given by Chinese state media, citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office,… Read More China’s rocket debris reenters earth, lands in Indian Ocean

China launches new Long March 8 rocket to space with five satellites

A new Chinese carrier rocket made its first flight on Tuesday under a long-term plan to develop reusable launch vehicles aimed at reducing mission costs and speed up launch schedules for commercial clients. The medium-lift Long March 8 Y-1 blasted off at 12:37 p.m. (0437 GMT) from the southern Chinese island of Hainan carrying five… Read More China launches new Long March 8 rocket to space with five satellites

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

China launches robotic spacecraft to moon for probe mission

China hailed as a success its pre-dawn launch on Tuesday of a robotic spacecraft to bring back rocks from the moon in the first bid by any country to retrieve lunar surface samples since the 1970s, a mission underscoring Chinese ambitions in space. The Long March-5, China’s largest carrier rocket, blasted off at 4:30 a.m.… Read More China launches robotic spacecraft to moon for probe mission

China to launch lunar probe in bid to retrieve rock samples from moon

China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth’s natural satellite since the 1970s. The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect material that can help scientists… Read More China to launch lunar probe in bid to retrieve rock samples from moon