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NRC Pathway approach to Mars includes Lunar landings, Chinese alliance


A lengthy National Research Council (NRC) report into the US Human Space Flight program cited the need for a “Pathway” approach to NASA’s exploration ambitions, stepping stones that would…

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China opens 2014 campaign with secretive satellite launch


The Chinese finally opened their 2014 campaign with the launch of a Shijian-11 class satellite. A Chang Zheng 2C (Long March 2C) rocket lofted a mysterious satellite – understood to be…

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YIR (Part II) – Lunar and Saturnian exploration captures public’s attention


Capturing and holding the attention of the general public for space exploration purposes is often a difficult thing to achieve. But 2013 saw not only NASA but also…

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Long March 3B/E lofts TKSat-1 for Bolivia


A Chinese Long March 3B/E launched the the TKSat-1 satellite for Bolivia on Friday. The launch took place at 16:42 UTC from the LC2 Launch Complex of the…

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China’s Chang’e-3 and Jade Rabbit duo land on the Moon


China’s Chang’e-3 and the lunar rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) have landed on the lunar surface at 1:11 pm UTC on Saturday. The duo were launched by a Long…

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Brazil’s CBERS-3 spacecraft lost following Chinese failure


A Chinese Long March 4B launched the CBERS-3 satellite at 03:26 UTC on Monday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.  However, despite initial news of a launch success, the…

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Chang’e-3: Chinese lunar rover heading to the Moon


The Chinese have begun their most ambitious lunar mission to date, following the successful launch their Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang’e-3 probe and Yutu lunar rover….

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Chinese Long March 2D launches Shiyan Weixing-5


The Chinese were back in action again on Monday, launching the Shiyan Weixing-5 (SW-5) satellite via their Long March 2D rocket. Launch occurred at 02:12 UTC from the Jiuquan…

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Long March 4C launches Yaogan Weixing-19


Another “secret” Chinese launch took place on Wednesday, when a Long March 4C orbited the Yaogan Weixing-19 satellite. Launch took place at 03:31 UTC from the LC9 launch complex…

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Chinese Long March 2C lofts Yaogan Weixing-18 satellite


The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center conducted yet another secretive launch on Tuesday morning (local time), when a Long March-2C orbited the Yaogan Weixing-18 satellite. Launch took place at…

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Chinese Long March 4B lofts Shijian-16 satellite


The Chinese have conducted another surprise launch, this time orbiting the Shijian-16 satellite via the Long March-4B (Chang Zheng-4B) rocket. The launch took place from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center…

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Kuaizhou – China secretly launches new quick response rocket


China launched a brand new rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 04:37 UTC on Wednesday. The Kuaizhou “quick-vessel” is an all solid launch rocket that had…

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Chinese Long March 4C launches third Fengyun-3 satellite


China launched its third Fengyun-3 polar orbiting meteorological satellite on Monday via a Long March 4C. Launch took place at 03:07UTC from the LC9 Launch Complex of the…

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Long March 4C launches three Yaogan Weixing-17 satellites


Another super-secretive launch took place on Sunday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center as China orbited three satellites under the Yaogan Weixing-17 mission. Launch took place at 19:16…

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China’s Long March 2C launches Shijian 11-05


After the successful completion of the Shenzhou-10 mission to the Tangong-1 orbital module, China embarked for the second half of 2013 with the successful launch of another mysterious…

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Three person crew of China’s Shenzhou-10 return to Earth


The Chinese Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has returned its three member crew safely back to Earth following a 15 day mission in space, most of which involved docked operations with…

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China’s Shenzhou-10 successfully docks with Tiangong-1


The three member crew of Shenzhou-10 docked with the Tiangong-1 space module at 05:11 UTC on Thursday, marking the start of 12 days of docked operations. The arrival…

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China launches three person crew on Shenzhou-10


The Chinese have launched their fifth crewed space mission on Tuesday via the Shenzhou-10 mission. The launch of the Long March 2F/G rocket was on schedule at 09:38…

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Long March 3B/E launches with Chinasat-11


The Chinese have launched the Chinasat-11 (Zhongxing-11) communication satellite via a Long March 3B/E (Chang Zheng-3B/E) rocket on Wednesday. The launch took place at 16:06 UTC from the…

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China back in action with Long March 2D launch of Gaofen-1


China has opened its 2013 account with the launch of a new civilian high-resolution remote sensing satellite called Gaofen-1. Launched by a Long March 2D (Chang Zheng 2D),…