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China outlines its space exploration ambitions

Andrew Jones • December 27, 2016

China released a new white paper on its policy and activities in space, outlining ambitious deep space exploration, human spaceflight and space science projects as major priorities for the years up to 2020 and beyond.

Long March 5 launch blasts China into age of space station and deep space exploration

Andrew Jones • November 03, 2016

Today, China launched its largest rocket yet, the Long March 5, from the new coastal launch center on Hainan Island. The launch is a major step forward on the country's path to deep space.

How should America feel about China's space ambitions?

Jason Davis • October 14, 2016

China is sending two astronauts on a month-long mission to the country's new space station. What are China's long-term space goals? Does the narrative of a space race between the U.S. and China fit? If so, what happens if America loses?

Successful launch for China's Tiangong-2 space station

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2016

Today, China launched its second modular space station, Tiangong 2.

Quick multimedia roundup: China's new rocket blasts off on inaugural mission

Jason Davis • June 25, 2016

China's new Long March 7 rocket successfully blasted off on its inaugural mission today at 8:00 p.m. Beijing time (12:00 UTC, 7:00 a.m. EDT).

All about China's new rocket and spaceport, which may see action this Saturday

Jason Davis • June 23, 2016

Sometime between Saturday and Wednesday, China plans to launch a brand new rocket from a brand new launch site, and conduct a small-scale test of its next-generation crew capsule.

Could Sino-U.S. cooperation bring The Martian home?

Yong-Chun Zheng • November 10, 2015

In the The Martian, NASA astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. At a critical moment, China offers to help the U.S. bring him back to Earth. But can these two countries cooperate to explore space in reality?

Op-Ed: The new space race: It's not just the U.S. and Russia anymore

Louis D. Friedman • December 13, 2013

I once argued that the concept of a space race represented old thinking. The modern way forward in space would be through international cooperation and coordination. Today, I think my insistence that the space race was over was naive. There are now many space races.

China Goes to the Moon and Beyond?

Mat Kaplan • August 27, 2013

Planetary Radio guest Leonard David has been writing about space exploration for more than five decades. He has collected analysis from around the world about China's big plans for space exploration.

China launches three-person crew to visit Tiangong 1 space station

Jason Davis • June 11, 2013

China's Shenzhou 10 spacecraft is bound for space station Tiangong 1 following a successful liftoff from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia.

Shenzhou-9 reaches orbit

Jason Davis • June 16, 2012

China’s fourth human spaceflight mission got underway this morning after a Long March 2F rocket blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 10:37 UTC.

China readies three taikonauts for station visit

Jason Davis • June 13, 2012

The stage is set for China’s space program to make history this weekend, as it prepares to send three taikonauts to visit Tiangong-1, the country’s first space station.

Have two spacecraft ever docked to two separate space stations on the same day?

Jason Davis • November 02, 2011

The Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou 8 docks with space station Tiangong 1, on the same day a Progress resupply capsule arrives at the International Space Station.

China's first space station takes flight

Jason Davis • September 30, 2011

A Long March rocket carried China's first space station, Tiangong-1, into orbit September 29.

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