space programme

Russian rocket crashes in flames after take-off

A screenshot of the failed launch from Russian television.

A Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites worth around US$200 million crashed shortly after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Tuesday after its engines suddenly switched off.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

China’s latest manned space mission blasts off

The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft  blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Jiuquan, Gansu province, on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese manned spacecraft blasted off with three astronauts on board on Tuesday on a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab in the latest step towards the development of a space station.

The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft was launched from a remote site in the Gobi desert in China’s far west at 5:38pm under warm, clear blue skies, in images carried live on state television.

11 Jun 2013 - 7:51pm 1 comment

China launches first 'routine service mission' into space

Shenzhou X mission commander Nie Haisheng salutes as he is flanked by astronauts Wang Yaping and Zhang Xiaoguang yesterday. Photo: AP

Wu Ping , deputy director of the programme's administrative office, said the nine previous Shenzhou space flights had been experimental and burdened with untested technology or equipment, such as life support and manual docking systems .

11 Jun 2013 - 3:01am

After month in space, only few mice survive Mars research mission

A mouse space traveller in its enclosure before the launch

A month-long mission into space in a Russian capsule had a tragic outcome for two dozen or more mice and eight gerbils that perished during an attempt to establish how well organisms withstand extended flights.

21 May 2013 - 3:00am