China’s National Space Administration just released a fascinating outline, “China’s Space Activities in 2016,”detailing its intentions to dominate the space race, create new technologies, and outpace competitors like SpaceX and NASA, in the race to explore Mars and deep space.
China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle captured this rare glimpse of the Moon's far side yesterday, from just past the halfway point on its lunar-looping test flight. Incredibly, the spacecraft managed to include Earth in the frame as well, producing what is destined to become an iconic image of our planet and its natural…
In late January, China's maiden lunar rover experienced a "mechanical control abnormality" that Chinese officials feared could spell the end for the spacecraft. Now, a brief news dispatch published just hours ago by Chinadaily reports Jade Rabbit has been permanently lost.
This weekend, the China National Space Administration (国家航天局, or CNSA) landed its Chang'e-3 lander on the Moon, deploying the Yutu rover on a 3-month mission to explore the dark lava plains of Bay of Rainbows, northeast of Mare Imbrium. It will also leave a powerful telescope behind, to watch the stars.
To date, China has sent six astronauts to space, and all six of them have been men. But that will soon change.
When China was denied membership in the multinational partnership that operates the International Space Station, the country decided to build a manned space station of its own. Now, China is one step closer to achieving its goal: late last night, the China National Space Administration successfully launched its…