Chang’e 3: The Chinese Rover Mission

The proposed Chang’e 3 rover, scheduled for launch in December 2013. Image Credit: Glen Nagle.

Currently scheduled for launch in December 2013 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, the Chang’e 3 mission aims to land a Chinese rover on the Moon. If the mission is successful, it will be the first […]

Reps. Wolf and Smith Ask For Answers About Ames Research Indictments

Today, House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf and House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith sent a letter each to FBI Director Robert Mueller and NASA’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz requesting answers to a delayed Department of Justice Investigation concerning several potential ITAR violations at Ames Research Center. These […]

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 […]

Clues To Life On Mars Beckon America’s Curiosity Rover

AmericaSpace and The Mars Society are starting their coverage of the arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” with this article detailing the rover’s suite of scientific instruments. Image Credit: Max-Q Entertainment

Like a scientific commando lowered from  a rocket powered hovercraft into a dangerous landing zone 154 million mi. from Earth,  the […]

First Look: China’s Big New Rockets

Images illustrate the diversity of activity under China’s heavy lift rocket program.Top graphic depicts a Long March 5 mission with liquid booster and satellite separation. Chart highlights Long March 5 and Long March 9 vehicles, while a Long March 5 propellant tank is at right. Image Credit: CALT

Images from China’s new heavy rocket […]

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 […]

China Achieves Piloted Space Docking

Chinese astronaut Liu Wang, center who has just piloted China's first manual space docking joins raised hands with woman astronaut Liu Yang on right and mission commander Jing Haipeng out of site at top left. Photo Credit China Manned Flight Engineering

The Shenzhou 9 astronauts successfully piloted China’s first manual space docking June 24, […]

Secret Satellite Data System Launched via Atlas V

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket thunders off of Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo Credit: ULA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 carried what experienced analysts believe is a top secret Satellite Data System (SDS) relay spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit today, after an […]

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.