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China makes its own mark in space with Shenzhou-10

The successful launch of Shenzhou-10 last week pushed China over a psychological hump that has confronted every nation's space programme, as it moves from nervous risk-taker to sure-footed explorer.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 7:21am 1 comment

Untelevised space docking signals focus on Mars and asteroids

Shenzhou X docked with the orbiting Tiangong I yesterday and three Chinese astronauts who had spent nearly two days in the cramped spacecraft moved into the much more spacious and well-equipped space module to live and work for 12 days.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am 1 comment

Short Science, June 9, 2013

Genomics and particle physics - offering different perspectives on the fundamental nature of life and the cosmos - are the two hottest areas of scientific research.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:37am

Controversial Turkish satellite launch caps year for China's space programme

China successfully put a controversial Turkish spy satellite into orbit yesterday, capping off an intense, failure-free year for the Chinese space programme that also saw its first manual space docking.

20 Dec 2012 - 10:29am

Roadworks damage Russian space communications

Russia lost the ability to send basic commands to most of its satellites and a segment of the International Space Station (ISS) following a cable failure near Moscow.

The Roscosmos space agency attributed the embarrassing malfunction to basic road repair work near the sprawling Korolyov mission control centre that sits within sight of one of Russia's most heavily used highways.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am

Briefs, November 11, 2012

Shenzhou X launch set for June

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am

Talking points

Korean rocket countdown … again

8 Nov 2012 - 2:08am

Brightman's star rockets to space on Russian ship

British singer Sarah Brightman has bought a ticket to fly on a Russian spaceship, in a quest to fulfil a childhood desire beyond her "wildest dreams".

11 Oct 2012 - 1:36pm

SpaceX prepares for first Nasa resupply mission to space station

Rocket maker SpaceX is poised to return to the International Space Station with its Dragon spacecraft to carry out the first contracted cargo resupply flight in Nasa's history.

8 Oct 2012 - 4:43am

Curiosity seeks evidence of microbes on Mars

At long last the big question may be answered: Is there life on Mars?

In one of the most daring space missions ever undertaken, Nasa landed its one-tonne rover, Curiosity, on Mars last month.

As Curiosity starts the first phase of its two-year primary mission, its main goal is to determine if the Red Planet ever supported microbial life. Or if it still does.

2 Sep 2012 - 3:04am