The Desk
As Above, So Below
Only with manual docking technologies, China is fully able to transfer astronauts and cargo to an orbiter in space. They are a key technical foundation for achieving the country's plan to assemble a manned space station in orbit by 2020
A Further Step Into Space
The manned Shenzhou-9 takes the first Chinese woman into space and showcases space-docking technologies
Full Story
Latest News more
-China's Shenzhou-9 Mission Successful
-Astronauts Return from China's First Manned Space Docking
-Shenzhou-9 Spacecraft Prepared to Return
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China to Benefit from Space Technology
Shenzhou-9 Safely Returns to Earth
Hu Talks With Astronauts Aboard Tiangong-1
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Firsts of Shenzhou-9 Mission
First Chinese woman in space

Astronauts enter Tiangong-1

First manual space docking

Longest stay in space
Jing Haipeng, 45, commanding officer, member of Shenzhou-7 in September 2008
Liu Wang,    43,                air force pilot, astronaut trainee since January 1998
Liu Yang,    33,           China's first female astronaut
Shenzhou 10 -
June 11, 2013
Shenzhou 9 -
June 16, 2012
Shenzhou 8 -
November 1, 2011
Shenzhou 7 -
September 25, 2008
Shenzhou 6 -
October 12, 2005
Shenzhou 5 -
October 15, 2003
Shenzhou 4
- December 30, 2002
Shenzhou 3
- March 25, 2002
Backgrounder more
-Three-Step Space Plan
-Tiangong-1 Lab Module
-Carrier Rocket Technology
-Current Space Launch Bases
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A Chinese astronaut trainer is selected for an endurance trial to prepare humans for a real landing on the Red Planet
- The Space Odyssey of Seeds
Space plant-breeding technology is the future of agriculture
- New Window to Space
Ground has been broken for a new space launch complex in Hainan Province
Map of the Moon
China releases data about the Moon collected by its first lunar probe
- Science Behind Moon Mission
China's ambitious space exploration plan was made possible by developments in technology
- Studying the Moon
The launch of China's first unmanned lunar probe will boost the nation's technological capabilities in space sciences and other areas
- Missions of Chang'e 1
According to the plan, Chang'e 1 has four mission goals to accomplish
- Phases of Lunar Exploration Program
China's lunar exploration program is divided into three stages: orbiting, landing and recovery
Moon Mission Moving Forward
China launches a new lunar orbiter to prepare for the future landing of a lunar vehicle
Latest News more
-China Celebrates Successful Launch of 2nd Lunar Probe Chang'e-2
-China Announces Success of Chang'e 2 Mission
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-Scientific Instruments Begins Operating
-Chang'e 2 Sends First Batch of Data
-Chang'e 2 Begins Scientific Mission
-China's Space Activities - 2000
-World Manned Space Undertakings
-China's Space Activities in 2006
First Man-Made Earth Satellite
China's first man-made earth satellite Dongfanghong 1 was successfully launched in 1970
-First Recoverable Satellite in 1975
-Fengyun 1 Launched in 1988
-Using Satellites to Reduce Disasters
-Space Industry Promotes Modernization
Your Place in the World
The making of China's own satellite navigation system
-Strength Through Self-Reliance
-The Big Dipper Guide
-Major Functions of the Beidou System
-History of the Beidou System
Chronology of China's Space Industry
October 8, 1956, China opens its first institute on missile and rocket research

On April 24, 1970, the first man-made satellite Dongfanghong-1 is successfully launched

On September 7, 1988, China's first experimental meteorological satellite Fengyun-1 is launched

On November 20, 1999, China launches Shenzhou-1 unmmaned spacecraft for the first time and the re-entry module lands the next day

On October 24, 2007, the first unmanned lunar orbiter Chang'e-1 is launched

On October 1, 2010, the second unmanned lunar orbiter Chang'e-2 is launched
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