From a Space Station in Argentina, China Expands Its Reach in Latin America

Ernesto Londoño
New York Times
The giant antenna rises from the desert floor like an apparition, a gleaming metal tower jutting 16 stories above an endless wind-whipped stretch of Patagonia. The 450-ton device, with its hulking dish embracing the open skies, is the centerpiece of...

The Rise and Fall of Tiangong-1, China’s First Space Station

Jonathan Corum
New York Times
China’s first space station burned up over the South Pacific on April 1.

T-Minus One Week until China’s Space Lab Crashes to Earth. Here’s What It Will Look Like.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Amy B Wang
Washington Post
The out-of-control space lab is expected to plummet to earth in a week.

Tiangong-1: Chinese Space Station Will Crash to Earth within Months

Michael Slezak
Guardian
The Tiangong-1 or “Heavenly Palace” lab was launched in 2011 and described as a “potent political symbol” of China, part of an ambitious scientific push to turn China into a space superpower.

China Brings Mars a Little Closer with Replica on Tibet Plateau

Tom Philips
Guardian
The “simulated Mars station” – a 95,000 square-kilometre tribute to the solar system’s second-smallest planet – will be built in Qinghai province’s Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan autonomous prefecture, not far from the westernmost tip of the Great Wall.

China To Go To Mars By 2020

Daily Mail
China’s military-backed space program plans a total of 20 space missions this year....

See Stunning Moon Photos from China's Lunar Lander

Michael Greshko
National Geographic
The Chang'e-3 lander discovered a new type of moon rock—and took thousands of high-res photos in the process...

US Admiral: China Counter-Space Threat Is ‘Real’

Diplomat
China’s ability to wage war in space is a major concern for the United States.,

A New Kind of Spy

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
New Yorker
Greg Chung worked on NASA’s space-shuttle program. Then, in 2010, he became the first American to be convicted of economic espionage. He was eager to help China: “He has a big heart,” his wife said.

China Moon Rover Jade Rabbit in Trouble

BBC
The malfunctioning rover presents the first public mishap China's ambitious space programme has experienced in years...

Moon Landing ‘100pc Made in China,’ says Xi Jinping

Patrick Boehler
South China Morning Post
Contrary to Xi's claims, scientists have noted that the design of the moon rover has borrowed heavily from previous Soviet and American versions. ...

In the Satellite Technology Race, China Hitched a Ride from Europe

David Lague
Reuters
The Beidou navigation system—developed with E.U. help—is a striking example of Beijing’s global dragnet for military know-how.

China to Launch New Manned Spaceship in 2013-Xinhua

Aileen Wang and Nick Edwards
Reuters
The launch marks a step forward in Beijing's ambitions for a bigger space presence, including construction of a space station by 2020...

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05.21.08

China’s Space Program: Options for U.S.-China Cooperation

Jeffrey Logan
Peony Lui
Congressional Research Service
China has a determined, yet still modest, program of civilian space activities planned for the next decade. The potential for U.S.-China cooperation in space—an issue of interest to Congress—has become more controversial since the January 2007...