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China Mooncraft Settles into Lunar Orbit

December 6th, 2013

China’s Chang’e 3 lunar probe has successfully entered lunar orbit. Braking into a circular orbit around the Moon, the spacecraft is set to attempt a soft landing on moonscape in mid-December. According to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) the craft is in a 100 km-high lunar circular orbit. Launched early on Monday morning from […]

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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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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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