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June 11, 2017
China's space station to help maintain co-orbital telescope
Beijing (XNA) Jun 08, 2017
China will develop and launch a two-meter-caliber space telescope, which will share the same orbit with the country's future space station, said Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Agency. The telescope will dock with the co-orbital space station for refueling as well as maintenance and exchange, Yang revealed at the ongoing Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) which began Tuesday in Beijing. Used for large-scale, multi-color imaging and seamless spectroscope surveyi ... read more

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China to open space station to scientists worldwide
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Reusable craft are in CASIC's plans
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China's 1st astronaut details projects for orbital station, manned lunar visit
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China discloses Chang'e 5 lunar probe landing site
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China to provide more opportunities to private space companies
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China willing to cooperate in peaceful space exploration: Xi
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Spotlight: First China-designed experiment flies to space station
SpaceX on Saturday launched a shipment of supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station, carrying for the first time an experiment independently designed by China. The ... more
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News Analysis: U.S.-China space freeze may thaw with new commercial pathway
For the first time, the International Space Station (ISS) houses an experiment independently designed by China. Space cooperation between the United States and China has been a taboo until now ... more
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California Woman Charged for Trying to Hand Over Sensitive Space Tech to China
A woman in the US state of California was arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle space communications technology to China, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. " ... more
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A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
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China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon. ... more
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Reach for the Stars: China Plans to Ramp Up Space Flight Activity
Following a successful space mission by its Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft, China is gearing up for multiple manned missions into space in three years time, according to the head of the country's manne ... more
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China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
China plans to conduct several manned space flights from 2019 to 2022, during which a 60-tonne space station will be assembled and built, said Wang Zhaoyao, director of China's manned space program ... more
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China's cargo spacecraft completes in-orbit refueling
China's Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft and Tiangong-2 space lab completed their first in-orbit refueling at 7:07 p.m. Thursday, another success of the Tianzhou-1 mission. Mastering the technique ... more

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China's Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket leaves for launch site
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China courts international coalition set up to promote space cooperation
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Are human space babies conceivable?
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China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said. ... more
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China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
A Chinese rocket successfully sent the country's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space from the southern island province of Hainan Thursday. ... more
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Tianzhou-1 space truck soars into orbit
Commenting on China launching its first cargo spacecraft on April 20, experts told Sputnik that the Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft's characteristics are much more sophisticated than those of U ... more
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