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July 22, 2014
China's Fast Track To Circumlunar Mission
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 16, 2014
Earlier in Space Daily, this analyst presented circumstantial evidence for a future Chinese astronaut mission to the Moon. China seems to be planning a circumlunar flight for the near future, which will involve sending an astronaut around the far side of the Moon without landing. An upcoming test flight involving a scaled-down replica of a Shenzhou astronaut descent module adds weight to this theory. China would gain a lot of kudos by launching an astronaut to the Moon and back. This feat has not ... read more

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Chinese scientists prepare for lunar base life support system
Beijing (XNA) Jul 01, 2014 China is a step closer to setting up a lunar base after a 105-day manned airtight test, in which the bio-regenerative life support systems of Lunar Palace 1 sustained the ... more
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China plans to land rover on Mars by 2020
China is planning to land a rover on Mars by 2020 and bring back samples from the Red Planet a decade later, according to a top scientist with the country's Lunar Exploration Program. The Mars ... more
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Chinese lunar rover alive but weak
China's troubled lunar rover Yutu is still alive and functional after more than five months on the moon, a lunar program official said Wednesday. Its functionality has been weakened considerab ... more
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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover 'alive but struggling'
China's troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover is still alive after more than five months on the moon but is heading for an icy death, state media reported on Wednesday. ... more
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Chinese space team survives on worm diet for 105 days
A Chinese team has emerged from a sealed capsule, in which they subsisted on mealworms and plants for over three months in a study designed to determine if the high-protein diet could be used in len ... more
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Moon rover Yutu comes closer to public
A small replica of lunar rover Yutu, the Jade Rabbit, has gone on show in Beijing. The model, half the size of the real rover, is the star of the 17th China Beijing International High-tech Exp ... more
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The Phantom Tiangong
China's first space laboratory is still in orbit and still working. The Tiangong 1 spacecraft is observing the Earth and measuring the space environment more than two and a half years after its laun ... more
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New satellite launch center to conduct joint drill
China's new satellite launch center, located in south China's Hainan Province, will conduct a joint drill in the second half of this year. The drill at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center aim ... more
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China issues first assessment on space activities
A leading space research group in China released the country's first assessment of the current situation and future trends of international space activities on Thursday. The report was compile ... more
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China launches experimental satellite
China successfully launched an experimental satellite into preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in its northwestern gobi desert on Monday morning. The Shijian-11-06 was boosted by ... more
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Tiangong's New Mission
The mission of China's first space laboratory, Tiangong 1, is not finished yet. Originally advertised with an operational lifespan of two years, Tiangong 1 passed its expected use-by date in Septemb ... more
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"Space Odyssey": China's aspiration in future space exploration
In near future, in outer space, Chinese scientists and their international colleagues, perhaps in the company of robots, will seek knowledge in labs on China's future space station. Aboard the space ... more
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China to launch first "space shuttle bus" this year
China is expected to launch an upper stage aircraft this year that can be used as a "space shuttle bus" to propel payload in space, a senior official in charge of rocket research said Monday. ... more
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China has no plans for lunar base project
The world's third country to soft-land on the moon has no plan to build a lunar base there, a leading scientist of China's lunar probe mission told Xinhua Saturday. But Ye Peijian, chief scien ... more
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Feature: The "masters" behind China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit
In contrast to how much of an influence the virtual persona of China's first moon rover has made on social media home and abroad, little is known about the people behind the loveable character. ... more
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Preparation for Chang'e-5 launch on schedule
Preparation for the 2017 launch of China's lunar probe Chang'e-5 is going as planned, the country's leading space scientist Ye Peijian told Xinhua on Saturday. Chang'e-5, as part of China's th ... more
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    China capable of exploring Mars
    China has the capability of exploring the planet Mars, Ye Peijian, a top scientist with the Chang'e-3 program, the country's lunar probe mission, told Xinhua on Saturday. China is capable of s ... more
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    China expects to launch cargo ship into space around 2016
    China is expected to launch a cargo ship into space around 2016 to serve the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, a leading space scientist said Sunday. The cargo ship, named "Tianzhou" or "Heavenly V ... more
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    The Next Tiangong
    In 2015, China is expected to launch its next space laboratory. Tiangong 2 will follow on from the Tiangong 1 module, which was launched in 2011 and is still in orbit at the time of writing. Tiangon ... more
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    No Call for Yutu
    Well over a week since daylight returned to its landing site, China's Yutu Moon rover seems to be damaged beyond any practical use. That's the only reliable conclusion this analyst can reach after d ... more
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    What's up, Yutu
    It's been a few days since China said that the embattled Yutu Moon rover had sent a transmission back to Earth. Yutu suffered a mechanical anomaly roughly four weeks ago, shortly before it entered a ... more
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    China's Jade Rabbit rover comes 'back to life'
    China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has survived a bitterly cold 14-day lunar night, officials said Thursday, prompting hopes it can be repaired after suffering a malfunction last month. ... more
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    Yutu Awakes
    After a considerable delay and some highly vague statements, China has indicated that the Yutu Moon rover is transmitting telemetry to Earth. This is a highly encouraging development, as it suggests ... more
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    Moon plays trick on Jade Rabbit
    Troubles plaguing China's Yutu (Jade Rabbit) moon rover are yet another reminder to mankind of how difficult lunar exploration is. In 2016, Russia is planning to launch Luna-25, a cutting-edge lunar ... more
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