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2005-11-04 06:10:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which launched its first manned space mission just two years ago, plans to put a man on the moon around 2017 and investigate what may be the perfect source of fuel, a newspaper reported on Friday. Two Chinese astronauts orbited Earth for five days last month in the Shenzhou VI and China was now developing new craft up to the Shenzhou X, eyeing a permanent space station and an eventual moon mission, state media said this week. "China will make a manned moon landing...

2005-10-20 22:00:00

BEIJING -- A Chinese man has paid $100,000 for a 90-minute voyage that will make him China's first tourist in space, the China Daily said on Friday. Jiang Fang, president of a Hong Kong company that acts as the China agent for U.S.-based space tourism firm Space Adventures, would experience zero gravity on one of the company's sub-orbital flights due for launch in 2007, the China Daily said. That same year, China plans to launch its third manned space flight, which should include the...

2005-10-17 04:05:00

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of the country's technological prowess. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were flown to Beijing where they were given a hero's welcome after their Shenzhou VI space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Chinese region of Inner...

2005-10-17 04:05:00

BEIJING -- China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of the country's technological prowess. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were flown to Beijing where they were given a hero's welcome after their Shenzhou VI space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. The two astronauts were in good...

2005-10-16 22:55:00

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of China's technological prowess. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were flown to Beijing where they were given a hero's welcome after their Shenzhou VI space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Chinese region of Inner...

2005-10-16 17:39:12

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft Shenzhou VI returned home on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of China's technological prowess. The two astronauts reported they had landed safely and were in good health after the space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Inner Mongolia region, the official Xinhua news...

2005-10-16 16:04:08

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft Shenzhou VI touched down successfully in Inner Mongolia on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days, state media said, as the country stepped up a gush of patriotic fanfare. The two astronauts reported they had landed safely and were in good health after the space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Inner Mongolia region, Xinhua news agency said. They completed 76...

2005-10-16 15:43:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft has touched down successfully in Inner Mongolia after five days in Earth's orbit, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

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2005-10-15 05:04:31

BEIJING (AP) -- Ships tracking China's Shenzhou 6 spacecraft encountered rough weather Friday and were preparing emergency measures in case conditions worsened, even as the astronauts completed their third day in orbit without a hitch, state media reported. The four ships monitoring the spacecraft's position from posts in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans were fighting high winds and waves late Friday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Up in space, the capsule performed a delicate...

2005-10-12 23:54:16

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China's reach into space, joining an elite club of nations setting their exploratory sights beyond Earth, is posing a serious challenge to the United States which could have military implications, analysts said. China on Wednesday successfully launched its second manned space mission, albeit aboard a ship based on an old Soviet design, but Beijing does not plan to stop there. A mission to the moon and even an orbiting space station are on the...