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China Prepares for Future Exploration as Shenzhou-10 Mission Ends

Zhang Xiaoguan, Nie Haisheng, and Wang Yaping begin the process of readaptation to terrestrial gravity after 15 days in space. Photo Credit: Xinhua News Agency

China’s credentials as a spacefaring nation were reinforced last night, with the safe landing of the Shenzhou-10 mission and its three “taikonauts,” Commander Nie Haisheng, Operator Zhang Xiaoguan, and […]

A Long March Into Space: China's Shenzhou 10 Rockets Into Orbit

Image Credit: CCTV

China returned to space plus three at 5:38 a.m. EDT (9:38 GMT and 5:38 p.m. local time), as the Shenzhou 10 launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in the Gobi desert. The three-person crew—Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang, and Wang Yaping (the second Chinese woman in space)—successfully launched […]

China Launches Remote-Sensing Satellite

Photo Credit: Xinhua / Liu Chan

According to Chinese Media, the Yaogan XVI remote-sensing satellite was successfully launched today from Jiuquan Launch Center in China at 4:06 a.m. GMT. The satellite was launched atop a Long March-4C from the launch complex located in China’s Gansu Province.

The Yaogan XVI satellite is an Earth observation satellite […]

Chinese Crew Ends Landmark Mission

China's first woman astronaut emerges with big smile from Shenzhou 9 spacecraft. Photo Credit: Shanghai Daily. com

China’s Shenzhou 9 crew returned to Earth today after a 13 day mission that included the first Chinese piloted docking, the first flight of a female Chinese astronaut and the first Shenzhou crew to occupy a space […]

Chinese Crew Works In Tiangong After 1st Manned Shenzhou Docking

Shenzhou 9 crew floats in Tiangong module. From left are Liu Wang, Liu Yang and Jing Haipeng. Image Credit: CCTV

The three Chinese Shenzhou 9 astronauts are transferring  about 660 lb. of supplies , about 60 “man-days” worth,  to the Tiangong (TG-1) outpost for use during their nearly two week stay. Part of that […]

China’s Most Ambitious Mission Captured In Stunning Images

Shenzhou 9's Long March 2F arrives at its Jiuquan launch pad in the Gobi desert. Photo Credit: AFP

China’s June 16 launch of the Shenzhou 9 mission on a Long March 2F rocket marks a highly colorful week at the Jiuquan Launch Center in the Gobi desert.

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Pentagon Warns Of China Failure Risks, As Chinese Woman Astro Set For Launch

Quality control technician checks Long March 2F set to launch the Shenzhou 9 astronauts in mid June at the Jiuquan launch site.

China’s aggressive satellite production and launch pace is threatening launch vehicle failures and the malfunction in orbit of important spacecraft, according to a largely classified Defense Dept. report to Congress.

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China’s Shenzhou 8 Completes Second Docking, Returns to Earth with German Samples

The 15 ton Shenzhou 8 spacecraft undocks from Tiangong 1 in this image from the module. The Shenzhou then backed out to 450 ft. before returning for a second docking in sunlight. Photo Credit: BACC

China’s Shenzhou 8 unmanned spacecraft landed in Mongolia on Nov. 17 to complete a flawless auto rendezvous and docking mission […]

Space Docking Positions China to Challenge U. S. Leadership in Space

Floodlight from Shenzhou 8 along with new avionics finds its’ Tiangong target at 17,500 mph in darkness at more than 200 mi. altitude just before successful docking. Photo Credit: China Manned Space Engineering Office.

China’s successful automated docking between the unmanned Shenzhou 8 active vehicle and Tiangong 1 module gives China the keys to […]

Rep. Wolf – U.S. Should Not Boost Chinese Space Program

AmericaSpace Note: The following statement was delivered during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations by Rep. Frank Wolf, Chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation.

Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2011) Thank you Chairman Rohrabacher for calling […]