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May 24, 2015
China Plans First Ever Landing on the Dark Side of the Moon
Moscow (Sputnik) May 22, 2015
What lies on the dark side of the moon? The ruined civilization of our lunar forbearers? A pile of overplayed Pink Floyd records? The most exclusive Airbnb in the galaxy? China's on the case, launching the first expedition of its kind, a journey into the moon's perpetual dark. The closest extraterrestrial body, the moon has done much to shape our history and mythologies. It's been associated with Artemis and Greek conceptions of rebirth. It's also connected with Chang'e, the Chinese goddess of the ... read more

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China completes second test on new carrier rocket's power system
The second ground test of the power system of China's next-generation carrier rocket was completed Monday, ahead of its first flight in 2016. Using non-toxic, non-polluting liquid propellant, ... more
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China's Yutu rover reveals Moon's "complex" geological history
The moon's geological history is more complex than previously thought, preliminary results from China's first lunar rover, Yutu, suggested Thursday. Ground-penetrating radar measurements taken ... more
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China's Space Laboratory Still Cloaked
The recent release of another update on Tiangong 2, China's next space laboratory, has prompted a lot of attention. A recent tightening of Chinese media policies has made this relatively obscured pr ... more
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China's test spacecraft simulates orbital docking
China has run tests close to the moon simulating an unmanned docking procedure needed in the country's next lunar mission. The service module of the unmanned lunar orbiter currently in space t ... more
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China has ability but no plan for manned lunar mission: expert
The world's third country to softland on the moon has the ability to achieve the manned lunar landing but it has no plan to do it, a leading Chinese space scientist said Friday. "With China's ... more
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Tianzhou-1 cargo ship to dock with space lab in 2016
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China at technical preparation stage for Mars, asteroid exploration
China has been researching the technical feasibility of exploring Mars and asteroids, a top space scientist and national political advisor revealed on Tuesday. Ye Peijian, from the China Acade ... more
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China's moon rover Yutu functioning but stationary
China's first lunar rover Yutu (the Jade Rabbit) is still working but cannot move, a scientist with the lunar probe mission told Xinhua. The rover, named after the pet of a Chinese goddess who ... more
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Argentina welcomes first Chinese satellite tracking station outside China
Argentina is to become the location of the first Chinese satellite tracking station outside the country the newspaper La Manana De Cordoba reported on Thursday. The Argentine National Congress ... more
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More Astronauts for China
The next Chinese crewed space mission won't fly until 2016. China is expected to send a crew of three astronauts to the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is expected to launch in the same year. ... more
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China launches the FY-2 08 meteorological satellite successfully
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China's Long March puts satellite in orbit on 200th launch
China Sunday put into orbit a satellite jointly developed with Brazil after the 200th launch of its Long March rocket family, state media reported. ... more
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Countdown to China's new space programs begins
China hopes to put a rover on Mars around 2020, complete a manned space station around 2022 and test a heavy carrier rocket around 2030, a top space scientist revealed Sunday. Lei Fanpei, chai ... more
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China develops new rocket for manned moon mission: media
China is developing a huge rocket that will be used for its first manned mission to the moon, state media said Monday, underscoring Beijing's increasingly ambitious space programme. ... more
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Service module of China's returned lunar orbiter reaches L2 point
The service module belonging to China's unmanned lunar orbiter has reached the Earth-Moon second Lagrange Point (L2), the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defens ... more
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    China on Monday published photos of the Earth and Moon together taken by the orbiting service module of the country's returned unmanned lunar orbiter. The photos were taken Sunday by the servi ... more
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    China will launch around 120 more applied satellites to accommodate economic and social needs, a senior executive of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said on Monday. However, ... more
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    China to build global quantum communication network in 2030
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    China's Lunar Orbiter Makes Safe Landing, First in 40 Years
    China's maiden lunar orbiter has successfully flown around the far side of the Moon and made a safe landing on Saturday, in what is the first mission of the kind in some 40 years, Xinhua news agency ... more
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    China completes first mission to moon and back
    China completed its first return mission to the moon early Saturday with the successful re-entry and landing of an unmanned probe, state media reported, in the latest step forward for Beijing's ambi ... more
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