China's Jade Rabbit Hops Across Lunar Surface Following Country's First Moon Landing

Yutu, aka Jade Rabbit, departs China’s Chang’e 3 lander for its first steps on the surface of the Moon. Image Credit: CNSA / CCTV

Today, exactly 41 years after the last human footprint was made on the Moon by Gene Cernan, China became the third nation to touch the lunar surface, joining an […]

China Launches Chang’e 3 on Country's First Mission to Land on the Moon

Liftoff of China’s Chang’e 3 and their “Jade Rabbit” Yutu rover to the surface of the Moon from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. Image Credit: CCTV

Today, under cover of darkness, China successfully launched their first robotic lunar rover atop a powerful Long March-3B rocket from the country’s Xichang Satellite Launch […]

The Win-Lose of US-China Space Cooperation (China Wins; US Loses)

Would a partnership with China be beneficial to U.S. space efforts? Given recent alleged high-profile hacks of U.S. installations, the country’s poor human rights record, and a litany of other issues, the answer is probably “Bu.” Image Credit: NASA

Ten months after his first term inauguration, President Obama met with President Hu Jintao […]

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 […]

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 […]

PRC Heavy Rocket Lofts Twin Navsats, As China Airs Beidou Shortcomings

Liftoff of the Long March 3B, like a similar launcher shown here, occurred at 4:50 a.m. Beijing Time April 30, carrying the 12th and 13th satellites for the Beidou global navigation system. Photo Credit: Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

In an unusual move China has launched two Beidou navigation satellites on the same Long […]