Space Stations

Nasa looks at setting up space base gateway to Mars

The International Space Station is just 400km from Earth.

Top Nasa officials have picked a leading candidate for the agency's next major mission: construction of an outpost that would send astronauts further from Earth than they have yet been.

Monday, 24 September, 2012, 4:11am

Woman astronaut gets her own toilet and bedroom

For the country's first female astronaut, the Tiangong-1 space lab module will feature a toilet facility specially designed for women, as well as a separate bedroom area where she will be able to sleep and groom herself in private during the 10-day docking.

And yes, she will be allowed to bring basic cosmetics with her.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Summer launch for next mission

Three Chinese astronauts will blast off on a Long March rocket and board the Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) space laboratory, orbiting above the earth, between June and August, mainland authorities said yesterday.

The taikonauts, whose identities remain secret, would break many records in China's brief but ambitious history of human space flight, some space experts said.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Space chiefs brief media on docking mission

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

China a step closer to building its own space station

Encouraged by yesterday morning's historic rendezvous and docking of the Shenzhou VIII spacecraft, Chinese authorities said construction of a space station will begin as soon as 2013.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Launch date looms for space module

China hopes to resume its nascent effort to build a space station with the launch next week of an orbiting laboratory module that scientists hope will provide a training platform for space rendezvous.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Space station

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17 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Pacific braces for more global space junk as Russia prepares to bring Mir back to Earth

Residents of Australasia and the South Pacific are nervously watching the heavens as the world's oldest surviving space station is readied for its dramatic return to earth.

The Mir space station, launched by the Soviet Union in 1986, has been forced to end its orbital sojourn. As with so much of the world's unwanted refuse it will end its life, probably, in the Pacific Ocean.

13 Mar 2001 - 12:00am