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China’s “Yutu” Moon Rover Ready for Liftoff

November 26th, 2013

On Mars there’s Curiosity, Spirit and Opportunity – veteran NASA robot rovers of the Red Planet. But add a new mobile robot’s name to the space exploration history books. According to China’s Xinhua news agency, the “Yutu” or Jade Rabbit is the name for the country’s first Moon rover, ready for liftoff in early December. […]

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China Readies First Lunar Lander

September 16th, 2013

China’s Chang’e 3 robotic lunar lander is being readied for launch by year’s end – a milestone making mission that also involves a wheeled lunar rover to drive across the lunar landscape. Chang’e 3 is the third robotic lunar probe mission of the China Lunar Exploration Program. Armed with numerous cameras, Chang’e-3 will carry a […]

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China Prepares for Next Human Spaceflight

April 22nd, 2013

China is readying its next human spaceflight mission – Shenzhou -10. That three-person craft is headed toward an early June liftoff from the country’s launch center in Jiuquan, Gansu province. According to Chinese space officials, the piloted Shenzhou-10 will appraise both automated and manual space docking with a previously orbited space module, Tiangong-1, then the […]

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Benefits of Space Exploration

Commercial Activity Fuels Growth in Global Space Economy

April 3rd, 2013

The global space economy is surging, and the commercial space sector deserves much of the credit, according to the Space Foundation, the Colorado Springs-based non profit, in its annual report on the sector for 2013. During 2012, the world’s space sector generated $304.31 billion in private sector and government revenues, up 6.7 percent over the […]

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Asteroid Exploration

Congress Ponders Space Leadership Provision

March 10th, 2013

    Congress is considering some substantial changes in the way NASA is led, managed from the outside and funded, as policy makers attempt to give the nation’s civil space program a sharper focus as well as the stability to ensure the sustained political, public and financial support to advance human exploration and address other […]

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China Space Probe Encounters Asteroid Toutatis

December 15th, 2012

A number of news services in China are reporting that Chang’e-2 has successfully flown by asteroid Toutatis. The flyby took place on Dec. 13 and was announced by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). The Chinese probe closed in on the large space rock by a mere 2 miles. […]

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