China launches two satellites

China successfully launched the Practice-9 A and Practice-9 B satellites into space at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center said. The satellites, launched from the center in north China’s Shanxi Province, were boosted by a Long March-2C carrier rocket and sent into a predetermined orbit. The Practice-9 A and B are the first […]

China considers more Mars probes before 2030

China is planning a three-phase probe to collect samples from the Mars by 2030, the chief scientist of the country’s lunar orbiter project said Wednesday. The three stages are remote sensing, softlanding and exploration, and return after automatic sampling, said Ouyang Ziyuan at a lecture organized by Chinese Society of Astronautics. Ouyang also briefed on […]

Shenzhou-9 crew honored with medals

Three astronauts of the Shenzhou-9 mission who conducted China’s first manned space docking in June were given medals for their service to the country’s space endeavors. Jing Haipeng, commander of the Shenzhou-9 flight crew, was honored with a second-class aerospace achievement medal; Liu Wang and Liu Yang, who was China’s first female astronaut, were both […]

China launches two Beidou navigation satellites

China launches two Beidou navigation satellites

The Long March-3B rocket carrying two satellites blasts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Sept. 19, 2012. China successfully launched two satellites into space Wednesday morning, the 14th and 15th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass […]

Shenzhou-9 astronauts arrive in HK on charm offensive visit

Shenzhou-9 astronauts arrive in HK on charm offensive visit

Three astronauts, who had fulfilled China’s first manned space docking mission this June, arrived here Friday to start a 4-day charm offensive visit, during which they are expected to meet students and other citizens. Liu Yang, China’s first woman astronaut, along with veteran astronaut Jing Haipeng and crewmate Liu Wang, flew to Hong Kong at […]

Hu Jintao meets astronauts, scientists of manned space docking

Hu Jintao meets astronauts, scientists of manned space docking

Chinese President Hu Jintao met Friday morning with astronauts, space scientists and engineers of the manned space docking mission, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, with three astronauts aboard, returned from a 13-day mission on June 29, after the crew succeeded in manually docking the spacecraft with a space lab […]

Long March-3C carrier rocket sends third data relay satellite into space

Long March-3C carrier rocket sends third data relay satellite into space

The Long March-3C carrier rocket carrying the Tianlian I-03 satellite blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, July 25, 2012, completing the country’s first data relay satellite network system. The satellite will join its two predecessors to realize global network operation after in-orbit validation and system coordination procedures […]

Shenzhou-9 spacecraft landed safely in Inner Mongolia

Shenzhou-9 spacecraft landed safely in Inner Mongolia

China’s manned space docking mission between Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and Tiangong-1 lab module has achieved a complete success, announced Chang Wanquan, chief commander of China’s manned space program on Friday. The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft has landed safely at the main landing area in northern China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region and all three astronauts aboard are in good […]