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The cities of southeast China glitter brightly during an orbital night pass as the International Space Station soared 259 miles above the Asian continent. The brightest lights at right center represent the city of Shanghai on the coast of the East China Sea.

Mountains In Sichuan Seen From Orbit

A portion of the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan and its snow-capped mountains are pictured with the tip of one of the International Space Station's main solar arrays in the foreground.

Two Chinese astronauts, Chen Dong and Jing Haipeng, landed safely in north China's Inner Mongolia region on Friday after spending 30 days in the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

The Senate U.S. - China Economic and Security Review Commission held a hearing on February 18, 2015 on China's Space and Counterspace Programs. All of the testimony is now available along with the webcast.

True color image over northeastern India, Nepal and Tibet. Note the large amount of smog/pollution over India relative to Tibet, and how the mountains keep it all localized.

China's Chang'e-3 Heads For The Moon

China's Chang'e-3 lunar rover Yutu ("Jade rabbit") left Earth today aboard a Long March IIIB rocket today. Liftoff occurred at 12:30 pm EST from Xichang launch facility in in China's Sichuan province.

Fires in China As Seen From Space

Shuangyashan is a coal mining prefecture-level city located in the eastern part Heilongjiang province, People's Republic of China, bordering Russia's Khabarovsk and Primorsky krais to the east.

The New Race for the Moon

The rise of China, rapidly accelerating technology, the increasing pace of lunar discoveries and the growing viability of lunar mining are drawing multiple countries and companies into development of new missions to the Moon.

The Chinese manned spacecraft Shenzhou-10 launched early this morning at 5:38 a.m. ET from the the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on a 15 day mission.

China's Shenzhou-10 is poised to liftoff on Tuesday at 5:38 a.m. ET from the the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The spacecraft will hav three astronauts, Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping.

Air Quality Suffering in China

Residents of Beijing and many other cities in China were warned to stay inside in mid-January 2013 as the nation faced one of the worst periods of air quality in recent history.

For the 63rd International Astronautical Congress held in Naples, Italy, Meng Linzhi from the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) presented a paper for the Moon Exploration session held on Tuesday 2 October.

Shenzhou-9 Lands Safely

China is celebrating the safe return of three astronauts, who successfully completed a mission that included the country's first manual docking in space and the first Chinese woman astronaut. Live television images of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft's return were broadcast around China Friday.

Following on their successful launch on Saturday the Chinese Shenzhou-9 spacecraft docked today with the Tiangong-1 mini-spacelab and the three taikonauts lef by commander Jing Haipeng,followed by Liu Wang and then later Liu Yang, entered the small spacelab for the first time.

This morning at 6:37 a.m. EDT a Chinese Long March rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft succesfully launched a crew of three taikonauts into space for a rendezvous with the Tiangong 1 mini-spacelab already in orbit.

China Set for Historic Mission

China will launch the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft tomorrow morning at 6:37 a.m. EDT with a crew of three taikonauts (astronauts) to the Tiangong 1 spacelab which was launched at the end of September last year.