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2007-10-23 20:07:18

HONG KONG -- A Chinese submarine will send test signals that could change the course of a satellite when China launches its first moon orbiter, as part of the country's effort to develop space war technology, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said two survey ships are deployed in the South Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean to send signals to maneuver the lunar exploration satellite, expected to be launched Wednesday. At the...

2007-02-07 14:28:46

SHANGHAI, China (AP) - China has chosen the site for a new satellite launching center, the country's fourth, on Hainan island in the South China Sea, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday. The site will be at Wenchang, about 38 miles southeast of the provincial capital Haikou, the report said, citing Hainan Gov. Luo Baoming. The Wenchang Satellite Launching Center will also include a space theme scientific park, a rocket-assembling plant and a command center, Xinhua said. China...

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2006-08-23 10:20:00

BEIJING -- China and Russia plan to launch a joint mission to Mars in 2009 to scoop up rocks from the red planet and one of its moons, a Chinese scientist said on Wednesday. Russia will launch the spacecraft, while China will provide the survey equipment to carry out the unmanned exploration, Ye Peijian, a senior scientist at the Chinese Academy of Space Technology, told a meeting in Beijing, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The mission will be another step in China's ambitious...

2006-07-19 02:20:00

BEIJING - China's space exploration plans include not only missions to the Moon but also Mars, the official Xinhua news agency on Wednesday cited a government official as saying. China will also seek international cooperation for its deep space plans, it quoted Sun Laiyan, head of the China National Space Administration, as saying. "In the coming five years, China will on the basis of its Moon probes actively plan deep space exploration, focusing on lunar and Mars exploration," Xinhua said in...

2006-07-10 08:05:00

BEIJING -- China has successfully tested a new rocket engine to power the country's ambitious program of manned space flights and moon landings, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. Tests of the liquid hydrogen- and kerosene-fuelled engine were a "complete success," a spokesperson from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation told Xinhua. With maximum propulsion of 120 tonnes, the new engine is three times more powerful than those currently used by China's Long...

2006-06-19 00:45:00

BEIJING -- A top official in China's space program has set 2024 for the country's first moonwalk, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Monday, cementing its position as a new space power. The mission would kick off in earnest next year, the Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po paper said, when China launches an unmanned lunar satellite in March or April to orbit and survey the lunar surface. "China now basically possesses the technology, materials and the economic strength" to put a man on the moon, the...

2006-04-06 09:59:02

Please read in 7th paragraph ... Luo headed a delegation that visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre and said he had a discussion with the U.S. space agency's administrator, Michael Griffin. A NASA spokesman said Luo met with Michael O'Brien, the agency's associate administrator, not with Griffin ... instead of ... Luo headed a delegation that visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre and had a discussion with the U.S. space agency's chief, Michael Griffin. In 8th paragraph,...

2006-04-03 18:20:31

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Chinese space official on Monday described China's ambitious exploration plans, including robotic Moon missions starting next year. Beyond Moon missions, including a flight to collect and return lunar samples to Earth in 2017, the Chinese space agency plans to develop a nonpolluting launch vehicle that can lift 55,000 pounds (25,000 kg) into orbit by 2010, said Luo Ge, a vice administrator at the Chinese National Space...

2005-12-29 21:00:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - A manned Chinese mission to the moon is still a long way off, a state newspaper said on Friday. "Sending a man to the moon? It would be a one-way ticket if we do it now, given the thrust of our rockets at present is not strong enough," the China Daily quoted Luan Enjie, head of the country's lunar exploration programme, as saying. Planning for China's lunar exploration project has been underway since early 2004. China launched its first man into space in 2003, and in...

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2005-11-04 15:55:00

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...


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