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China launches its most advanced HD observation satellite

China has successfully launched its most advanced high-definition earth observation satellite into orbit today, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

China launches HD Earth observation satellite

China successfully launched a high-definition Earth observation satellite into orbit on Tuesday, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).

Russian cosmonauts launch small satellite during spacewal

Two Russian cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) have hand-launched a miniature satellite during a multi-hour spacewalk, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Monday.

Heavenly phenomenon provides extra viewing enjoyment

Stargazers got a chance to view the biggest and brightest 'supermoon' of the year in the small hours of Monday morning.

China launches remote-sensing satellite

China on Saaturday sent a remote-sensing satellite into scheduled orbit.

Rosetta space probe catches up with comet

Rosetta probe completes 10-year journey to comet

U.S. Mars rover Opportunity sets off-world driving record: NASA

U.S. space agency NASA said Monday that its Opportunity rover, working on Mars since January 2004, passed 25 miles (40 kilometers) of total driving Sunday, setting a distance record for driving on another planet.

Russian cargo ship M-24M docks with ISS

Russian cargo ship Progress M-24M docked with the Pirs section of the International Space Station (ISS) successfully on Thursday, the Mission Control Center said.

Russian Progress cargo ship undocks from ISS

The Russian cargo ship Progress M-23M has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS), Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Tuesday.

World’s largest telescope begins installation of main cable net

The Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, known by the acronym FAST, is a radio telescope currently under construction in a remote area of southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

U.S. Cygnus spacecraft arrives at space station: NASA

A commercial spacecraft, operated by U.S. space company Orbital Sciences Corp., arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday for its second cargo resupply mission to the orbiting lab, U.S. space agency NASA said.

Britain planning to open a spaceport by 2018

Britain planning to open a spaceport by 2018

U.S. Orbital launches second cargo mission to space station

An unmanned spacecraft operated by commercial U.S. space company Orbital Sciences Corp. blasted off Sunday for its second cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA TV showed.

Thousands gather in Roswell for UFO anniversary

Thousands gather in Roswell for UFO anniversary

NASA identifies third valid candidate for asteroid capture

U.S. space agency NASA said Thursday it has identified an "odd, tiny asteroid" as a third valid candidate for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission.

China, Russia introduce updated draft treaty to prevent arms race in outer space

China and Russia on Tuesday jointly submitted to a UN-sponsored disarmament conference an updated draft international treaty on banning the deployment of weapons in outer space.

NASA captures footage of huge solar eruption

NASA has captured rare footage of a coronal mass ejection, or eruption of solar material, surging off the sun.

SpaceX unveils new spaceship designed for manned flight

SpaceX unveils new spaceship designed for manned flight

Russia sends three astronauts to ISS

The Soyuz craft, carrying NASA’s Reid Wiseman, Russian cosmonaut Max Surayev and German Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, arrived at the International Space Station at 01:44 a.m. Greenwich Meridian Time.

Chinese lunar rover alive but weak

China's troubled lunar rover Yutu is still alive and functional after more than five months on the moon, a lunar program official said Wednesday.

SpaceX Dragon leaves ISS

The commercial cargo space ship the Dragon is returning to Earth after spending a month docked to the International Space Station. It is heading back with nearly two tons of science experiments and old equipment.

China's Beidou navigation system makes breakthrough

China's independently-developed Beidou differential navigation satellite system has achieved a positioning accuracy within one meter, a major breakthrough in marine application, local authorities said Friday.

Seattle manufacturers drawing space junkies

In the US, Washington state’s aerospace industry has always been associated with industry giant Boeing, but that may be changing.

NASA’s Curiosity drills sandstone rock on Mars

U.S. space agency NASA said Tuesday its Curiosity rover has completed its third drilling into a Martian rock and is now preparing to use its internal instruments to study the collected powdered sample.

Curiosity rover set for third drilling on Mars: NASA

U.S. space agency NASA said Tuesday its Curiosity rover will carry out its third drilling on Mars in the coming days.

Total eclipse paints moon red

A total lunar eclipse in the early hours of Tuesday gave viewers in parts of the world a rare glimpse of what's sometimes called a "blood moon," due to the reddish hue it took on as a result of dust in the atmosphere.

Russia launches Progress cargo ship to ISS

Russia has successfully launched an unmanned resupplying spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Wednesday.

India launches navigation satellite

India on Friday launched into space its navigation satellite IRNSS-1B -- the second in a series of seven -- from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Int'l space station conducts debris avoidance maneuver

U.S. space agency NASA said Thursday that the International Space Station (ISS) orbit was raised half a mile (about 0.8 kilometers) to avoid a possible collision with a fragment from an old European Ariane 5 rocket.

NASA suspends cooperation with Russia except for ISS

U.S. space agency NASA has suspended all contacts with its Russian counterpart Roscosmos except for ongoing activities aboard the International Space Station (ISS), according to an internal letter published by the U. S. space news website Spaceref on Wednesday.

China launches experimental satellite

China successfully launched an experimental satellite into preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in its northwestern gobi desert on Monday morning.

Russian manned spaceship successfully docks with ISS

A Russian manned spaceship has been confirmed to have successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) early Friday morning, two days after a docking attempt failed due to a technical hitch.

Russian spaceship docks with ISS

A Russian-manned spaceship docked with the International Space Station (ISS) early Friday after a two-day delay caused by an orientation problem.

Soyuz spaceship docking delay due to "orientation" issue

The postponed docking of a Russian-manned spaceship at the International Space Station (ISS) was caused by an orientation problem, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Wednesday.

New evidence supports Big Bang Theory

A specific pattern of light waves in a speck one-billionth the size of a proton left from the Big Bang was detected by a Harvard-led research team.

Scientists find first direct evidence of cosmic inflation

U.S. astronomers announced Monday they have captured the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time described as the "first tremors"" of the Big Bang in which the universe came into existence 14 billion years ago.

China's lunar rover awake but ailing

China's moon rover Yutu woke up again at 6:42 a.m. on Friday, after its third dormancy, but even after a long rest, mechanical problems have not been resolved.

China's lunar rover wakes with mechanical problems unresolved

China's moon rover Yutu woke up again at 6:42 a.m. on Friday after its third dormancy but its mechanical control problems has not been resolved, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

China capable of exploring Mars: leading space scientist

China has the capability of exploring the planet Mars, Ye Peijian, a top scientist with the Chang'e-3 program, the country's lunar probe mission, told Xinhua on Saturday.

China Exclusive: "Gravity" inspires Chinese space scientists

A Chinese spaceship plays a key part in Dr. Ryan Stone's thrilling journey back to Earth in the Oscar-winning film "Gravity."

Lhasa museum-goers to access China-made astronomical telescope

Amateur astronomers will be able to observe the Milky Way through the largest astronomical telescope for popular sciences in China in a museum in Lhasa from May.

Feature: The "masters" behind China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit

In contrast to how much of an influence the virtual persona of China's first moon rover has made on social media home and abroad, little is known about the people behind the loveable character.

Control circuit malfunction troubles China's Yutu

China's Yutu (Jade Rabbit) moon rover suffered a control circuit malfunction in its driving unit, which troubled its dormancy in extremely low temperature, a scientist said on Saturday.

Australian study found asteroids hit a tiny star

Scientists from the Commonwealth of Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) found that apart from the Earth, the Moon, asteroids also hit distant stars.

Hubble space telescope capable of measuring rotation of nearby galaxy: NASA

U.S. astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to precisely measure the rotation rate of a neighboring galaxy for the first time, U.S. space agency NASA said Tuesday.

Chang'e-2 lunar probe travels 70 mln km

China's second lunar probe, Chang'e-2, has traveled more than 70 million km into deep space in good condition, so far the longest voyage of a Chinese spacecraft, a senior engineer said Friday.

China's lunar rover "wakes up": spokesman

China's moon rover Yutu "awakes" and is able to pick up signals despite it is still experiencing a mechanical control abnormality, a spokesman with the country's lunar probe program said on Thursday.

Water might be flowing on Mars: study

Water might be flowing on Martian slopes when the temperature is elevated, according to a NASA news release as quoted by media reports Tuesday.

NASA finds clues to possible water flows on Mars

U.S. space agency NASA said Monday its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey orbiter have sent back clues that liquid water may still exist today on the Red Planet.

Australians discover oldest star: ANU

A team led by astronomers at the Australian National University (ANU) has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, the ANU said in a press release on Monday.

India to launch 5 satellites in 2014-15

India is to launch into space at least five foreign satellites this year and next year, sources said Saturday.

China Exclusive: China's moon rover experiences abnormality

China's moon rover, Yutu (Jade Rabbit), has experienced a mechanical control abnormality, and scientists are organizing repairs.

China's moon rover monitored with abnormity

China's moon rover "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit) has had a mechanical control abnormity, and scientists are organizing an overhaul.

China year's top domestic, int'l science news

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) on Friday unveiled their selection of top 10 domestic and international science news stories from 2013.

Finding of most livable mud marks 10th birthday of Opportunity: CSIRO

A team of researchers has found what may once have been the most liveable mud on Mars, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization ( CSIRO), Australia's leading scientific research body, said on Friday.

India successfully testfires nuclear-capable Agni IV missile

India Monday successfully testfired its long-range, nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni IV missile from a military base off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, sources said.

China's lunar probe observes stars, explores moon

Moon lander Chang'e-3 and rover "Yutu" of China's lunar probe mission have collected a large amount space observation and moon exploration data, a government authority said on Friday.

NASA launches three suborbital military rockets

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Three suborbital rockets blasted off on Wednesday morning on secret missions for the U.S. military, U.S.Terrier-Orion is a two stage spin stabilized rocket system with a weight of about 2,900 pounds (1,315 kilograms), according to NASA. It can loft a 200-pound (91 kilograms) payload to an altitude of 200 kilometers and an 800-pound (363 kilograms) payload 80 kilometers up.

China's moon rover performs first lunar probe

China's moon rover "Yutu", or Jade Rabbit, completed its first scientific exploration of lunar soil on Tuesday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) said.

U.S. commercial spacecraft docks with space station

A commercial spacecraft, operated by U.S. space company Orbital Sciences Corp., docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning on its first official cargo resupply mission to the orbiting lab.

Moon rover, lander wake after lunar night

China's moon rover "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit) and the Chang'e-3 lander have just "woken up" after a period of dormancy that lasted two weeks, or one lunar night, in a move designed to ride out harsh climactic conditions.

Commercial spacecraft departs on resupply mission

A commercial spacecraft operated by US space company Orbital Sciences has departed for the International Space Station. It is flying the first of its eight cargo resupply missions to the station.

China’s lunar rover pictured by NASA satellite

A NASA satellite has captured images of China’s Yutu moon rover. The 150 centimeter vehicle appears on the pictures as a single pixel.

4G handshake a giant leap for Beidou service

While newly licensed 4G services will speed up China's mobile networks, navigation experts said the speed will open the way for a major leap in electronic navigation using China's homegrown Beidou satellite system.

China's moon rover "sleeps" through lunar night

The moon rover and lander of China's Chang'e 3 lunar probe mission will "sleep" during the lunar night, enduring extreme low temperatures on the lunar surface.

China's moon rover flexes muscles

China's moon rover, Yutu (Jade Rabbit), completed an arm flexing assessment early on Monday, a key test before beginning other work on the surface, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

China's moon rover works stably

China's moon rover, Yutu (Jade Rabbit), worked in stable condition following its restart after a "nap" on Friday night, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC).

Scottish first minister hails China's soft-landing on Moon

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Wednesday hailed China's recent success in soft-landing a spacecraft on the Moon as "absolutely brilliant."

NASA sets spacewalks to repair faulty ISS cooling system

U.S. space agency NASA said Tuesday that a series of spacewalks will be necessary to repair a faulty cooling system on the International Space Station.

Scientific equipment aboard Chang'e-3 starts working

Five of the eight pieces of scientific equipment aboard Chang'e-3 lunar probe have started to observe space, the Earth and the Moon, a Chinese scientist said on Monday.

China plans to launch Chang'e 5 in 2017

China plans to launch lunar probe Chang'e 5 in 2017, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

China announces Chang'e-3 mission "complete success"

China hailed its Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission "a complete success" Sunday night, after its first moon rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, and lander took photos of each other on lunar surface.

Process of photo-taking between the rover and the lander

As Yutu Rover is already successfully seperated from the Chang’E 3 lunar lander, it will start a new journey by itself. Now let’s take a closer look at the rover, and what it will be doing on the moon. Here is my colleague Wang Mangmang with more.

China's moon rover, lander to photograph each other

China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, and the lander are scheduled to take photos of each other Sunday night, a move that will mark the complete success of the country's Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission.

Chinese sci-fi writers laud moon landing

The landing of China's first moon rover on the lunar surface on Sunday morning has had the nation's sci-fi writers cheering for fiction's gradual unfolding into reality.

Lunar probe Chang'e-3 sends back photos of moon surface

Photo taken on Dec. 14, 2013 shows a picture of the moon surface taken by the on-board camera of the lunar probe Chang'e-3 on the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China.

China's "Jade Rabbit" separates from lander

China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, separated from the lander early on Sunday, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe soft-landed on the lunar surface.

China's "Jade Rabbit" rolls to moon surface

China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, separated from the lander early on Sunday morning, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe soft-landed on the lunar surface.

Chang'e-3 starts moon landing

China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 has started soft-landing on the moon as it began decelerating from 15 km above the lunar surface, space authorities said on Saturday.

Chang'e-3 hovers above moon

China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 is hovering 100 meters above the moon to assess the landing area with sensors in order to locate the final landing spot, space authorities said on Saturday.

China's moon rover to separate from lander in several hours

China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, will separate from the lander early on Sunday, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe soft-landed on the lunar surface.

Chang'e-3 probe avoiding obstacles

The Chang'e-3 probe, hovering 30 meters above the lunar surface, is avoiding obstacles to prepare for the final landing.

China's Chang'e-3 probe soft-lands on moon

China's lunar probe Chang'e-3, with the country's first moon rover onboard, landed on the moon on Saturday night, marking the first time that China has sent a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.

Staff members prepare for Chang'e-3 moon landing

Staff members make preparations for Chang'e-3's soft-landing on the moon at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 14, 2013. The mission of China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 has so far proceeded as planned. It will make an attempt to soft-land on the moon on Saturday night.

Iran sends 2nd monkey into space: TV

TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Saturday "successfully" sent a second live monkey into space, state TV reported.

India's Mars mission successfully completes first mid-course correction

India's maiden Mars mission, called Mangalyaan, successfully completed its first mid-course correction Wednesday morning, a senior official of the state-owned space agency said.

Chang'e-3 probe moves closer to the moon

China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 entered an orbit closer to the moon on Tuesday night.

Chang'e-3 probe enters lunar orbit

China's Chang'e-3 probe entered a circular lunar orbit at 5:53 p.m. Friday Beijing Time, after about 112 hours on a Earth-Moon transfer orbit, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) said.

Planned orbit trim for Chang'e-3 canceled

Chinese lunar probe Chang'e-3 will not perform a planned third trimming of its trajectory along the earth-moon transfer orbit, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

China puts simulation models of "Jade rabbit" moon rover on market

Simulation models of China's first moon rover, "Jade Rabbit," were put on the market Wednesday to commemorate the successful launch of the Chang'e-3 lunar probe.

Bolivia unveils ground control station for Chinese-made satellite

Bolivian President Evo Morales inaugurated on Monday the first ground control station built to operate and receive data from Chinese-built Tupac Katari satellite.

Chang'e-3 trims its orbit

Chang'e-3, China's first planned soft moon landing, finished the first orbital trimming at 3:50 p.m. in its trajectory along the earth-moon transfer orbit, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) said.

Commentary: Lunar probe boosts "Chinese dream"

China launched the the country's first moon rover aboard its Chang'e-3 lunar probe on Monday, bringing Chinese dreams of reaching the moon tantalizingly close.

China announces launch of Chang'e-3 lunar probe "successful"

The launch of China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 was "successful," the Xichang Satellite Launch Center announced Monday.

China announces launch of Chang'e-3 lunar probe successful

The launch of China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 was "successful," the Xichang Satellite Launch Center announced Monday.

China launches probe and rover to moon

China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover aboard early on Monday.

Rocket ready to launch China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe

The Long March-3B rocket to carry the Chang'e-3 lunar probe is in normal and sound condition as the launch is within less than two hours, the Xichang Satellite Launch Center announced late Sunday.

Good weather for China's lunar probe launch

The weather at the launch site for China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe will be favorable, a senior engineer with Xichang Satellite Launch Center has said.

Chang'e-3 lunar probe ready to launch

It will be the first time for China to send a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body, where it will conduct surveys on the moon.  Facilities at the launching site are in good condition and preparations are going well, according to the headquarters.

China to launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe early Monday

Backgrounder: Timeline of China's lunar program  XICHANG, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- China will launch the Chang'e-3 lunar probe at 1:30 a.m.

Backgrounder: China's "triple jump" progress in lunar probes

The upcoming Chang'e-3 mission will carry the first Chinese spacecraft to soft-land on and explore an extraterrestrial object.

China pursues "zero window" launch for lunar probe

China will strive to launch its Chang'e-3 lunar probe at the optimal time within the launch window, the Xichang Satellite Launch Center said on Friday.

China readies moon rover mission

China is counting down to the launch of its first lunar rover mission, which will blast off early next month.

China's lunar probe to land on moon next month

China is scheduled to launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe to the moon in early December, marking the first time for a Chinese spacecraft to soft-land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body, an official said Tuesday.

Backgrounder: Timeline of China's lunar program

Chang'e-3, the spacecraft carrying China's rover to the moon, will be launched in early December.

China names moon rover "Yutu"

China has chosen the name "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit) for its first moon rover, after a worldwide online poll challenged people to come up with names.

China to launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe in early Dec.

China is scheduled to launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe in early December, a spokesman with State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence said Tuesday.

Russia launches three European scientific satellites

Russiaon Friday launched Rokot carrier rocket carrying three European scientific satellites, the federal space agency Roscosmos said.

New Zealand scientists study universe's secrets from images under South Pole

New Zealand scientists are using a telescope pointed at the earth's interior under the ice in Antarctica to study particles that are almost nothing in size in the hope of revealing the secrets of the universe.

U.S. launches spacecraft to explore Martian atmosphere

U.S. space agency NASA on Monday launched its newest Mars-bound spacecraft to look at the red planet's upper atmosphere, NASA TV showed.

India test fires advanced version of BrahMos missile

The Indian Army Monday successfully test-fired an advanced version of the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which penetrated and destroyed a hardened target in the Pokhran firing range in the west Indian state of Rajasthan.

India's Mars mission back on track: space agency

India's state-owned space agency Tuesday said that its maiden Mars mission is back on track with the spacecraft being moved to a higher velocity as planned.

Astronomers find first asteroid with six comet-like tails

U.S. and German astronomers said Thursday they have found for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust in solar system's asteroid belt.

India to launch Mars mission Tuesday afternoon

India is due to launch its first unmanned inter-planetary mission to the Mars Tuesday at 14:38 p.m. local time, said officials.

Partial solar eclipse expected in Nigeria

A partial solar eclipse will occur on Sunday in different parts of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, a top government official said on Tuesday.

China launches remote-sensing satellite

The Yaogan XVIII remote-sensing satellite was successfully launched on Tuesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province, according to a press release from the center.

China launches experimental satellite Shijian-16

China successfully launched its Shijian-16 satellite for space research and experiments Friday, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center said.

Commentary: Clear obstacles for China-US space cooperation

The decision by U.S. space agency NASA to lift the ban prohibiting Chinese scientists from attending an upcoming conference has been lauded by China.

NASA confirms decision to lift ban on prohibiting Chinese from attending conference

U.S. space agency NASA confirmed Tuesday that it has "corrected" a decision to ban six Chinese researchers from attending a conference on exoplanet research next month.

Banned Chinese researchers get clarification letter from NASA conference

Chinese researches who are banned from attending a NASA conference on exoplanet research have received a letter of clarification from the committee organizing the event informing them of a revised decision.

Newly discovered asteroid has little chance of hitting Earth: experts

U.S. experts warned on Friday against any panic over newly discovered asteroid 2013 TV135, saying that the chance of an impact in the year of 2032 is extremely slim and could probably be "ruled out entirely" in the future.

China to launch Chang'e 3 to the moon in December

As China marks the 10-year anniversary of its first manned spaceflight, the nation is gearing up to launch its most complex robotic mission to the moon. During a recent speech, one of the project’s researchers said the liftoff of Chang’e 3, named after a Chinese lunar goddess, is to take place in December.

Bolivian delegation to witness satellite launch in China: president

A Bolivian delegation will travel to China to witness the Dec. 20 launch of the country's China-built "Tupac Katari" telecommunications satellite, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Monday.

Shutdown halts NASA efforts to re-invite banned Chinese researchers: organizers

The U.S. government shutdown has halted efforts to re-invite Chinese researchers who were banned from attending an upcoming NASA conference on security grounds, organizers of the meeting said Friday, a day after the head of the U.S. space agency said it's "unfortunate" to refuse their applications.

Discovery of "diamond planet" challenged in new research

An alien world reported to be the first known planet to consist largely of diamond appears less likely to be of such precious nature, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.

Rover Curiosity finds "abundant" water in Martian soil

The first scoop of soil analyzed by the Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the Martian surface may contain "abundant" water, U.S.

China unveils its first and unnamed moon rover

Chinese scientists described the country's first moon rover on Wednesday and invited the global public to come up with a name for it.

China to launch satellite in search of dark matter

China's top scientific research institute is in the process of developing five space research satellites, including one for the detection of dark matter particles.

Chinese VP stresses peaceful use of space

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on Monday called for peaceful exploration and use of space so as to serve the interests of people and countries all over the world.

NASA Curiosity rover detects no methane on Mars

U.S. space agency NASA said Thursday its Curiosity rover has revealed no trace of methane, a potential sign of life, on the Martian surface.

Private company launches cargo to ISS

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its Cygnus cargo capsule aboard an Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Sept. 18, 2013.

New U.S. private spacecraft launched to ISS

A new privately owned U.S. spaceship carrying food, clothing and other cargo blasted off Wednesday on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

China committed to int'l space cooperation: official

China's manned space program is committed to international cooperation in the fields of technology, space application and astronaut training, a senior official said on Monday.

India unveils Mars mission spacecraft

India unveils its Mars mission space craft on Wednesday, saying the launch of the space craft is likely to happen in late October or early in November, local news agency PTI reported Thursday.

India to launch its maiden Mars mission in November

India is all set to launch its maiden mission to Mars this November, a top official has said.

NASA spacecraft blast off to explore moon's atmosphere

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. spacecraft rocketed toward the moon on Friday night on a mission to explore its atmosphere and the role of dust in the lunar sky.

NASA probe ready for launch to explore moon's atmosphere

U.S. space agency NASA is about to launch a small car-sized spacecraft to the moon on Friday night to explore its atmosphere and the role of dust in the lunar sky.

Moon landing mission to use "secret weapons"

Multiple "secret weapons" will be used on China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe, scheduled to launch at the end of this year for a moon landing mission, a key scientist said on Wednesday.

India inducts world's biggest military transport plane into defense forces

India Monday inducted into its defense forces the world's biggest military transport plane, C-17 Globemaster III, in a bid to spruce up the country's Air Force's capability to move combat personnel and tanks to battle fronts as swiftly as possible.

India successfully launches first home-made defense satellite

India on Friday successfully launched its first indigenous defense satellite, GSAT-7, by European space consortium Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, sources said.

China to launch lunar probe for landing mission

China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe is scheduled to be launched at the end of this year for a moon landing mission, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence announced on Wednesday.

Scientists detect magmatic water on Moon's surface

U.S. researchers said Tuesday they have found magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the Moon's interior, on the surface of the Moon.

NASA introduces newest astronaut candidates

U.S. space agency NASA on Tuesday formally introduced its eight newest candidates and unveiled a space exploration roadmap that outlines its future missions to near-Earth asteroids, the moon and Mars, U.S.

Space trip to be offered in China for $220,000

A space flight, operated by an astronavigation company from the Netherlands, will be on offer through a travel agency based in Jiangsu province, Nanjing-based Modern Express reported.

Russia to resume Proton-M rocket launches in mid-September

Russia will resume launches of the Proton-M space rockets on Sept. 15, the operating company said Wednesday.

Russia to resume Proton-M rocket launches in mid-September

Russia will resume launches of the Proton-M space rockets on Sept.A Proton-M carrying three navigation satellites exploded less than a minute after blasting off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

U.S. sends new military satellite into orbit

Built by Boeing and paid for by Australia, the 5987-kg WGS-6 satellite will join a military communications network shared by the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand.  The network will have 10 satellites in total, with 8 of which financed by the U.S.

Russian cargo ship to deliver food to ISS

A Progress cargo ship is set to deliver food supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos has said.

Russia's M-18M cargo spaceship ends mission

MOSCOW, July 26 (Xinhua) -- An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship has disintegrated into the Pacific Ocean after resupplying the International Space Station, the space agency Roscosmos said Friday.

China signs world-leading astronomical project

BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhua) -- The National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) signed the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Master Agreement on Friday, a global project that will explore mysteries of the Universe by using next-generation telescopes.

India's weather satellite successfully launched by European rocket

MUMBAI, July 26 (Xinhua) -- India's meteorological satellite INSAT-3D was successfully launched by an European rocket in French Guiana early on Friday, local newspaper Times India reported.

Ariane 5 launches 2 satellites on 3rd mission in 2013

Heavy-lift launcher Ariane 5 took off Thursday in French Guiana, launching two satellites into orbit, including Europe's largest mobile telecommunication satellite.

NASA releases images of Earth taken from Saturn, Mercury

U.S. space agency NASA on Monday released color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two of its interplanetary spacecraft last week that show our planet and its moon as "bright beacons" from millions of kilometers away in space.

Gold on Earth may come from colliding dead stars: study

All gold on the Earth might have come from extreme crashes between dense dead stars, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.

Hubble finds new Neptune moon: NASA

U.S. space agency NASA said Monday its Hubble Space Telescope has found a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet.

China launches experimental orbiter

China successfully sent an experimental orbiter into space on Monday, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center has announced.

Chinese probe reaches record height in space travel

China's space probe Chang'e-2 has arrived in an outer space about 50 million km from the Earth, marking a new height in the nation's deep space exploration, Chinese scientists said on Sunday.

Next U.S. Mars mission could help bring back rocks, soil to Earth: report

The next U.S. rover to Mars should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to the Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, a team of scientists and engineers in charge of defining the U.S. 2020 Mars mission said Tuesday.

Space station astronauts conduct spacewalk

Two astronauts are venturing outside the International Space Station Tuesday on the first of two July spacewalks to carry out a variety of maintenance and installation tasks.

Deep-space flashes of radio energy may open up a new area of astrophysics: CSIRO

Australia's national science agency CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia has detected mysterious 'flashes' of radio energy from the distant universe that may open up a whole new area of astrophysics, a statement from CSIRO said on Friday.

NASA's Voyager 1 nears our solar system's boundary

U.S. space agency NASA said Thursday its spacecraft Voyage 1 is about to become the first human-made object to cross the boundary from our solar system into interstellar space.

Shenzhou-10's reentry module delivered to designers

The reentry module of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft was handed over to its designers in Beijingon Thursday for further study.

China plans to launch Tiangong-2 space lab around 2015: official

China will continue to carry out development and construction of space lab and plans to launch Tiangong-2 space lab around 2015, an aerospace official said Wednesday.

Construction of China's new launch site going smooth

Work on Hainan launch site, the new launch site for China's space program, has made smooth progress, said Wang Zhaoyao, director of China's manned space program office on Wednesday.

China to launch new generation rockets

China will launch new generation rockets with larger carrying capacities during the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015), said Yuan Jie, deputy general manager of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) on Wednesday.

Astronaut Nie Haisheng sets Chinese space stay record

Nie Haisheng, commander of the Shenzhou-10 space mission, first successfully came out of the spacecraft's reentry module at around 9:30 (Beijing Time) Wednesday morning after a 15-day stay in low earth orbit.

Shenzhou-10 return capsule touches down successfully

Return capsule of Shenzhou-10 spacecraft touched down successfully at around 8:07 a.m. Beijing Time Wednesday at the main landing area in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

Return capsule of Shenzhou-10 enters black-out area, astronauts in good condition

Communication between the return capsule of Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and the ground control center was cut off temporarily after the capsule entered the black-out area, according to Beijing Aerospace Control Center Wednesday morning.

Shenzhou-10 spacecraft enters return orbit

Shenzhou-10 spacecraft enters the return orbit after the second attitude adjustment.

Astronauts aboard Shenzhou-10 spacecraft ready to return

The three astronauts aboard China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft have put on air-tight suits and taken their place in the return capsule.

Orbiting capsule separated from return capsule

Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has completed the first attitude adjustment and flies sideways on the orbit. The orbiting capsule is separated from the return capsule.

Shenzhou-10 to return to Earth at about 8:00 a.m. Wednesday

China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft will return to Earth at about 8:00 a.m. Wednesday as scheduled, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

Shenzhou-10 to return to Earth Wed. morning

China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft will return to Earth at about 8:00 a.m. Wednesday as scheduled, with its main landing site set for north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Shenzhou-10 to return after fly-around, rendezvous test

Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-10 with three astronauts onboard will return to the Earth around 8 a.m. Wednesday after successfully conducting a fly-around and rendezvous test Tuesday with the target module Tiangong-1, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said.

China's first space lab completes its mission

China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft on Tuesday separated from the Tiangong-1 target module, which has completed its historical mission.

Shenzhou-10 flies around, docks with target module

Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-10 on Tuesday morning docked with the target module Tiangong-1 from behind after flying around the latter, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said.

Shenzhou-10 spacecraft to return on Wednesday morning

China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft will return to the Earth at about 8 a.m. Wednesday as scheduled.

Russian cosmonauts start space walk at ISS

Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin on board the International Space Station ( ISS) have started a space walk, Russian Space Agency Roscosmos said Monday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with Shenzhou-10 crew

President Xi Jinping has spoken with Shenzhou-10 spacecraft’s three astronauts via two-way video link. President Xi expressed his gratitude to the crew on behalf of the CPC and the government as well as all the Chinese people.

President Xi vows bigger stride in space exploration in talk with astronauts

President Xi Jinping said that the Chinese people will take bigger strides in space exploration, during his talk to astronauts aboard the orbiting space module Tiangong-1 on Monday.

Chinese President begins talking with astronauts aboard Tiangong-1

Chinese President Xi Jinping began talking with astronauts. He expressed his sincere greetings to the three astronauts.

First space lecture opens new horizons for China

A special lecture began Thursday morning, given by a teacher aboard a space module about 340 km above her students on Earth.

Chinese astronaut delivers first space lecture

A special lecture began Thursday morning, given by a teacher aboard a space module about 340 km above her students on Earth, the first such attempt by Chinese.

Chinese astronauts talk water use, space junk protection

In the interactive exchanges with students back on the Earth, Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-1 orbiter also answered questions related to water use in spacecraft, space debris protection measures, ways to deal with gravity-free environment as well as space views.

Chinese astronauts send regards to students

China's three astronauts sent best regards to students back on the Earth at the end of the country's first "space class".

China's first "space class" ends

China's first "space class" ended at about 10:51 a.m. Thursday. The astronauts will continue to stay in the Tiangong-1 orbiter to conduct space science and technology experiments.

Wang Yaping demonstrates gyroscopic motion in space

Wang Yaping pushes a static gyro and a moving gyro respectively to change the way they move.

Wang Yaping demonstrates pendulum movement in space

Wang Yaping shows a small ball tied with a string to a holder fixed on a metal plate. She lets the ball go and the ball suspends. Then she pushes the ball gently and the ball moves in a circular motion.

Wang Yaping makes water film and water ball in space

Wang Yaping makes a water film with a water bag and a metal ring. She explains to students that the surface tension of water magnifies in space due to zero gravity. Then she makes the second water film and pours water onto it. The water film turns into a water ball.

Chinese astronaut kicks off first space lecture

A special lecture began Thursday morning, given by a teacher aboard China's space module Tiangong-1 to students on Earth.

Shenzhou-10's live lecture from space scheduled

Astronauts on board the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft will teach students through a live video feed system while in orbit at about 10 a.m. on Thursday, announced a spokesperson for China's manned space program on Wednesday.

China's space program less costly: U.S. astrophysicist

China's manned space program has achieved rapid development in a "less costly way," a U.S. astrophysicist said Sunday.

A letter to China's first space teacher from U.S. predecessor

While China's first space teacher Wang Yaping is orbiting the earth, Barbara Morgan, the world's first astronaut who ever taught in space, was signing her name on a letter to greet the Chinese newcomer.

Chinese astronauts complete warm-up maintenance work in space module

Chinese astronauts installed new floor boards in the orbiting Tiangong-1 space module on Friday morning, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

Shenzhou-10 completes automated docking with space module

China's Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft successfully completed an automated docking procedure with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space module at 1:18 p.m. Thursday, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

Shenzhou-10 docks with space module

China's Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft successfully completed an automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space module at 1:18 p.m. Thursday.

Peru launches first homemade rocket

Peru successfully launched its first rocket built with 100 percent Peruvian technology with the capacity to reach the stratosphere, head of the National Aerospace Research and Development Commission (Conida) said Wednesday.