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Trump signs directive sending US astronauts back to moon

US President Donald Trump on Monday signed his administration's first space policy directive, formally directing the US space agency NASA to send astronauts back to the moon and eventually Mars.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/12 7:05:58

China launches communication satellite for Algeria

China launched Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/11 7:18:06

NASA deploys CubeSat for astronomy

US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) recently deployed a tiny satellite called CubeSat from the International Space Station for astronomy.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/9 10:18:47

Super-Earth size planet able to support life found 111 Lightyears from Earth

A team of Canadian and European astronomers has discovered that a distant exoplanet known as K2-18b may be a scaled up version of Earth, capable of holding liquid water and thus having the potential to host alien life.
Source: | 2017/12/7 19:45:16

Astronomers observe most-distant known supermassive black hole

Astronomers have uncovered the farthest known supermassive black hole, which is 800 million times the mass of our Sun.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/7 16:36:53

China plans robot moon base

Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/5 22:48:39

China-made amphibious aircraft passes assessment for maiden flight

The AG600, a large amphibious aircraft developed by China, has passed the official technical quality assessment for its maiden flight, according to the developer.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 16:56:19

China values cooperation in aerospace industry -- Romanian ex-astronaut

Cooperation in the aerospace industry is pivotal to astronautic development as it helps eliminate distrust and fosters mutual confidence among countries, said Romania's first astronaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, hailing China's practice in this field.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/4 11:55:20

‘Supermoon’ lights up Earth for first/last time in 2017

Moving towards its closest point around Earth, the moon tonight will also be a full one, manifesting as a giant round orb in the sky that is expected to brighten up the darkness of the "blue planet."
Source: CGTN | 2017/12/4 10:32:48

China launches land exploration satellite

China launched a land exploration satellite into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert at 12:11 p.m. Sunday Beijing Time.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/3 13:05:04

NASA fires up Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

US space agency NASA said Friday that a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft, the only human-made object in interstellar space, have been successfully fired up after 37 years without use.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/2 7:17:45

'Monkey King' makes China world leader in dark matter detection

China's dark matter detection satellite, "Wukong" (Monkey King), has demonstrated it's the most powerful space probe for high-energy cosmic rays.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/1 11:49:39

New possibly habitable exoplanet found in the depths of Space

Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have discovered a small exoplanet located approximately 11 light years away from the Solar system, which may sustain life.
Source: | 2017/12/1 11:35:11

Results from China's Monkey King satellite may boost dark matter exploration

The latest measurement of energy spectrum of cosmic-ray electrons and positrons by China's Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) satellite could provide important information to scientists who are searching for the elusive dark matter, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/30 8:50:01

Chinese satellite detects mysterious signals in search for dark matter

China's Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) has detected unexpected and mysterious signals in its measurement of high-energy cosmic rays, which might bring scientists a step closer to shedding light on invisible dark matter.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/30 8:48:44

NASA builds its "souped-up" Mars rover mission

US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Tuesday that its next mission to Mars in 2020 will boast a souped-up rover vehicle to seek signs of ancient microbial life on the inhospitable red planet.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/29 15:59:34

Swiss researcher challenges existence of dark matter, dark energy

A Swiss researcher has challenged the existence of dark matter and dark energy at all, which runs counter to a century of scientific consensus, according to a press release by University of Geneva (UNIGE) on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/26 10:37:19

China successfully launches remote sensing satellites

China launched remote sensing satellites at 2:10 am, Beijing Time, Saturday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/25 7:03:27