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January 10, 2017
China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
Washington DC (VOA) Jan 03, 2017
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the planet Mars by 2020. China released an official policy proposal, known as a white paper. The document prov ... read more

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China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences
China on Tuesday issued a white paper summarizing international cooperation on space sciences since 2011 and the key areas for further cooperation in the next five years. The white paper issue ... more
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Space exploration plans unveiled
The Chinese Academy of Sciences' National Space Science Center has officially unveiled five space exploration plans to be accomplished during the 13th Five Year Plan period (2016-20). These in ... more
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China will construct and launch two remote sensing satellites for foreign countries in the coming two years, an industry insider said. China Great Wall Industry Corp, the nation's only authorized fi ... more
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Chinese missile giant seeks 20% of a satellite market
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China launches 4th data relay satellite
China successfully launched the Tianlian I-04 satellite on Tuesday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite was launched on a Long March-3C carri ... more
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Material and plant samples retrieved from space experiments
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China completes longest manned space mission yet
Two astronauts who completed China's longest-ever manned space mission returned to Earth safely Friday afternoon. Zhang Youxia, commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, announced that the ... more
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Chinese astronauts return to earth after longest mission
China's Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power's longest-ever orbital mission, in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions. ... more
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Chinese astronauts accept 1st earth-space interview
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong are currently on a 33-day space journey and acting as Xinhua special correspondents. On Tuesday, they talked with their copy desk on earth for the first ... more
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China launches pulsar test satellite
China launched a pulsar test satellite at 7:42 a.m. Thursday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The satellite was carried by a Long March-11 rocket and it was the 239 ... more
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China's Chang'e-2 a success
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Long March-5 reflects China's "greatest advancement" yet in rockets
China's launch of its first heavy-lift rocket, the Long March-5, on Thursday reflects the country's "greatest advancement" in developing a new launcher family for both its un-crewed and crewed space ... more
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New heavy-lift carrier rocket boosts China's space dream
China on Thursday launched its new heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5. The rocket, which looked much "fatter" than other rockets of Long March series, blasted off at 8:43 p.m. Beijing Time from ... more
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Long March-7 being assembled, to transport Tianzhou-1
The components of another Long March-7 carrier rocket are being assembled and the rocket will be ready for the launch mission in February 2017, said Wang Xiaojun, chief commander of the Long March-7 ... more
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Kuaizhou-1 scheduled to launch in December
China plans to launch Kuaizhou-1 solid-fuelled carrier rocket in December, a breakthrough in its commercial rocket launches. The news was announced Wednesday at the 11th China International Av ... more
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Nations ask to play part in space lab
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US, China hold second meeting on advancing space cooperation
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China to enhance space capabilities with launch of Shenzhou-11
Monday's successful launch of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft is another step forward to put China among leading players in space technology, said Alexander Zheleznyakov, a Russian expert on history of s ... more
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China to enhance space capabilities with launch of Shenzhou-11
Monday's successful launch of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft is another step forward to put China among leading players in space technology, said Alexander Zheleznyakov, a Russian expert on history of s ... more
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Ambitious space satellite projects set for liftoff
A family of science satellites will be developed by China during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), senior researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences say. Technicians have begun preliminary rese ... more
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China's permanent station plans ride on mission
As a Chinese spaceship rockets through the void toward a rendezvous with a new Chinese space lab, experts say a monumental step in the nation's long march in space exploration is about to occur. ... more
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Chinese astronauts reach orbiting lab: Xinhua
Two Chinese astronauts entered the country's new orbiting space laboratory for the first time on Wednesday, state media reported, as Beijing works towards having its own space station. ... more
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