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China’s Shenzhou-9 crew returns to Earth

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 29, 2012

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The capsule carrying the crew of China’s Shenzhou-9 spacecraft has successfully landed in the country’s Inner Mongolia region after 13 days in space. The success of the mission brings China a step closer to creating its own manned space station.

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Space Plan From China Broadens Challenge to U.S.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

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The Long March 2F rocket carrying Shenzhou 8 spacecraft lifts off at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, in northwestern China's Gansu province, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 blasted off in the latest step in what will be a decade-long effort by the country to place a manned permanent space station in orbit. (AP Photo)

BEIJING — Broadening its challenge to the United States, the Chinese government on Thursday announced an ambitious five-year plan for space exploration that would move Chinacloser to becoming a major rival at a time when the American program is in retreat.

Coupled with China’s earlier vows to build a space station and put an astronaut on the moon, the plan conjured up memories of the cold-war-era space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. The United States, which has de-emphasized manned spaceflight in recent years, is now dependent on Russia for transporting its astronauts to the International Space Station. Russia, for its part, has suffered an embarrassing string of failed satellite launchings.

China has been looking for ways to exert its growing economic strength and to demonstrate that its technological mastery and scientific achievements can approach those of any global power. The plan announced Thursday calls for launching a space lab and collecting samples from the moon, all by 2016, along with a more powerful manned spaceship and space freighters. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Space Stations: Program Gains Momentum

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 29, 2011

BEIJING — China plans to launch space labs and manned ships and prepare to build space stations over the next five years, according to a plan released Thursday that shows the country’s space program is gathering momentum.

China has already said its eventual goals are to have a space station and put an astronaut on the moon. It has made methodical progress with its ambitious lunar and human spaceflight programs, but its latest five-year plan beginning next year signals an acceleration.

By the end of 2016, China will launch space laboratories, manned spaceship and ship freighters, and make technological preparations for the construction of space stations, according to the white paper setting out China’s space progress and future missions.

China’s space program has already made major breakthroughs in a relatively short time, although it lags far behind the United States and Russia in space technology and experience.

The country will continue exploring the moon using probes, start gathering samples of the moon’s surface, and “push forward its exploration of planets, asteroids and the sun.”

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China’s Space Program Launches Lunar Probe, Chang’e II

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 4, 2010


Investing in space journey is better than investing in war.
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