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China Seems to Have Lost Control of Its Falling Space Lab

Tiangong-1 should burn up in the atmosphere sometime in 2017

(Newser) - In 2017, watch for falling space labs. China announced last week that its first space lab, Tiangong-1, would be falling back to Earth—somewhere—sometime in the second half of next year, Xinhuanet reports. According to Popular Mechanics , the lack of specifics in the previous sentence seems to confirm the... More »

China Now 3rd Country to Complete Space Feat

Crew to spend 6 days on space lab after successful docking

(Newser) - China has officially joined the US and Russia as just the third country in the world to have completed a manned space docking, reports CNN . Earlier today the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft docked with the orbiting Tiangong-1, the next step in the Middle Kingdom's ambitious five-year plan for space exploration. The... More »

China Readies for 1st Manned Space Docking

Milestone comes 6 months after China announced 5-year space plan

(Newser) - Yet another advance is in the works for China's space program. China will try for its first manned space docking later in June, its space agency announced today, according to the New York Times . The Shenzhou 9 will dock with the Tiangong 1 space lab "sometime in June,... More »

China Launches Space Lab to America the Beautiful

Broadcaster blunders at Tiangong-1 launch

(Newser) - Weird. China took its first step toward building a space station last night and while the launch of the unmanned Tiangong-1 space lab went smoothly, there was a major slip-up in the propaganda department. State broadcaster CCTV's launch coverage included an animation of the module docking with a crew... More »

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