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, […]

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 […]

Missions to Watch in 2013

The International Space Station is going to be a busy place in 2013. Photo Credit: NASA

With Curiosity’s landing on Mars and SpaceX’s multiple missions to the International Space Station, 2012 was a good year for spaceflight. And while we might not see the same level of historic or flagship missions fly this […]

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 […]

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 […]