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April 29, 2016
South China city gears up for satellite tourism
Haikou, China (XNA) Apr 28, 2016
South China's Wenchang City in Hainan Province is preparing to welcome rocket-watching tourists to the country's fourth space launch center. The city has completed about 70 percent of tourism preparation work for the Wenchang satellite center's first launch, scheduled for June, including improving the transportation network, and building more parking lots and public toilets, according to a conference on Tuesday. China currently has three other satellite launch centers in Jiuquan, Xichang and ... read more

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China's long march into space
On clear April nights, Zhu Jin, director of the Beijing Planetarium, retreats into the city's quiet, mountainous suburbs and aims a telescope at the sky. "Dongfanghong-1," Zhu whispered as a dim lig ... more
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China's top astronaut goes to "space camp"
Liu Wang, one of China's leading astronauts, visited a high school in Beijing Friday and shared his experiences ahead of April 24 celebrations of the launch of the country's first satellite 46 years ... more
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China to become aerospace power by 2030
China aims to become a global aerospace power by 2030, said Xu Dazhe, director of the China National Space Administration, on Friday. Xu said at a press conference held by the State Council In ... more
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150 Long March rocket launches scheduled 2016-2020
China will launch about 150 of its Long March carrier rockets over the next five years, one of its space chiefs said on Friday, days ahead of celebrations marking the launch of the country's first s ... more
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China aims for deeper space with new generation rockets
China will take its new generation heavy-lift rocket Long March-5 to the skies later this year, and is planning even bigger models. According to Wang Jue, head of the Long March-5 project, the ... more
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China targets 2020 Mars mission launch: official
China plans to send a rover to Mars to explore the Red Planet, a top space official announced on Friday, in the latest step of its ambitious space programme. ... more
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China set to launch "more livable" space lab in Q3
China will put the country's second space lab Tiangong-2 into space in the third quarter of this year with more livable conditions for astronauts, a spokesman said here Thursday. According to ... more
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China plans to launch core module of space station around 2018
China will launch a core module belonging to its first space station around 2018, according to a senior engineer with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. on Thursday. Two space labs will be ... more
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Chinese scientists develop mammal embryos in space for first time
Chinese scientists on Sunday said they have successfully developed early-stage mouse embryos in space for the first time on a retrievable microgravity satellite set to return to Earth sometime next ... more
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Re-entry capsule of SJ-10 lands in Northern China
The re-entry capsule of China's first retrievable microgravity satellite, SJ-10, returned safely to Earth on Monday, marking a solid step forward in space science research and application. The recov ... more
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China begins testing Tiangong-2 space lab
China has completed the assembly and started testing its Tiangong-2 space laboratory, local media said on Tuesday. With assembly complete on Monday, experts began adjusting mechanisms and test ... more
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Lessons learned from Tiangong 1
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China launches SJ-10 retrievable space science probe
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Has Tiangong 1 gone rogue
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China's 1st space lab Tiangong-1 ends data service
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China's aim to explore Mars
China is preparing to launch a Mars probe in 2020, and it is expected to arrive on the red planet in 2021, aerospace expert Ye Peijian has said. "Although we are not the first Asian nation to send a ... more
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China's ambition after space station
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China's lunar probe sets record for longest stay
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China to Launch Over 100 Long March Rockets Within Five Years
China in the next five years will launch 110 Long March rockets, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee said Wednesday. According to Liang Xiaoho ... more
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Moving in to Tiangong 2
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Logistics Rule on Tiangong 2
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