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Long March rockets on ambitious mission in 2018

The Long March-3B rocket launched Monday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province marked the seventh successful mission of the Long March rocket series since the beginning of 2018.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/14 11:25:36

NASA ends pioneering pollution sensor

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) ended the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer's (TES) almost 14-year career of discovery on Jan. 31, the US space agency said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/14 10:54:42

2018 to see high intensity launches as China's aerospace industry steps up a gear

The year 2018 will witness more China-made satellites being sent into space with greater frequency, which will incentivize China to produce more rockets effectively and also show the strength of China's aerospace industry, experts said.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/13 17:16:09

US to commercialize the International Space Station: NASA

American space agency NASA said in its 2019 Fiscal Year Budget Estimates released on Monday that the direct federal government support of the International Space Station (ISS) will be ended in 2025 with a transition to commercialization of low Earth orbit.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/13 8:43:34

China sent twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into orbit

China sent two satellites into orbit on a single carrier rocket for its domestic BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/12 20:47:20

NASA woos atomic clock for deep space navigation

For 20 years, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been perfecting the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC), an instrument perfect for deep space exploration.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/10 23:00:32

Two small asteroids safely passing Earth

Two small asteroids are safely passing by Earth within one lunar distance this week, said a press release from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/10 22:47:03

SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket, taking Tesla Roadster to Mars

The private US space flight company SpaceX on Tuesday launched the world's most powerful operational rocket into space in a much-hyped demonstration mission deemed to have the potential to bring a revolution in the space industry.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/7 8:30:30

China firm builds antennas for world's largest radio telescope

Plans for the world's largest radio telescope able to search for extraterrestrial life took a giant leap forward with completion of a prototype antenna announced by a Hebei Province company on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/6 22:58:40

Planets beyond Milky Way spotted

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/3 11:48:39

China launches electromagnetic satellite to study earthquake precursors

China on Friday launched its first seismo-electromagnetic satellite to study seismic precursors, which might help establish a ground-space earthquake monitoring and forecasting network in the future.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/2 23:11:05

China launches first shared education satellite

China's first shared education satellite, Young Pioneer 1, carried by the Long March-2D rocket, was launched into space from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday afternoon.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/2 20:34:32

China takes lead in space technology in 2018

Following the successful operation of China's first high-throughput communication satellite the Shijian-13 in January, there are now over 170 Chinese satellites working in outer space, a number that marks the country's progress towards becoming a "space superpower."
Source: People's Daily Online | 2018/2/1 16:41:14

Unexpected matter found in hostile black hole winds

The existence of large numbers of molecules in winds powered by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies has puzzled astronomers more than a decade. New theory predicts that molecules in black hole winds are not survivors of the heat of the energetic outflows at all, but brand-new molecules.
Source: Xinhua-CGTN | 2018/2/1 16:03:14

SpaceX launches Luxembourg satellite with used rocket

Private US firm SpaceX on Wednesday launched a secure communications satellite for Luxembourg with a Falcon 9 rocket whose first stage has already been used for a previous launch.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/1 9:39:29

Long 'dead' NASA satellite confirmed alive

US space agency NASA said Tuesday a satellite it considered "dead" more than a decade ago was indeed alive.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/31 12:00:00

China's first X-ray space telescope put into service after in-orbit tests

China's first X-ray astronomical satellite, launched in June last year, is put into service for scientific research on Tuesday after finishing in-orbit tests.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/30 19:55:24

Talking to taikonauts: Behind the scenes of the manned space program

In October 2003, after orbiting the world 14 times and traveling 600,000 kilometers, Yang Liwei landed safely back on Earth and in the history books. Like millions of other people across China, pilot Wang Yaping was mesmerized by what she saw. But to her, those static images represented more than just achievement. She saw an opportunity.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/29 19:55:35