China makes its own mark in space with Shenzhou-10

The Long March 2-F rocket loaded with Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Photo: Reuters

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

The screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre shows the three astronauts waving hands at the Tiangong-1 space module as it docks with their Shenzhou-10 craft. Photo: Xinhua

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

A reproduction of Archimedes' designs on show. Photo: AFP

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

A Long March rocket carrying Turkish satellite GK-2 blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. Photo: Xinhua

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

The Russian mission control centre in Korolyov. Photo: EPA

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

Marilyn Monroe

Korean rocket countdown … again

8 Nov 2012 - 2:08am

Brightman's star rockets to space on Russian ship

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

SpaceX made a test flight to the space station in May. Photo: AP

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

Neil Armstrong: A giant legend for mankind

There are heroes and then there are those who transcend the accolade. The late Neil Armstrong, the first person to step foot on the moon, was one of that rarest of breeds.

27 Aug 2012 - 4:53am

Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon, dies at 82

Neil Armstrong, pictured in front of his photo during a visit to in Spain in 2005, commanded the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama and astronaut Buzz Aldrin led tributes to the Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, lauding him as a reluctant but true American hero.

Armstrong, who died aged 82 from complications following cardiac bypass surgery, was praised for his willingness to embrace and conquer challenges that once seemed impossible.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:14am

Apollo 11's mission was a 'giant leap for mankind' - and cold war rivalry

The lunar module. Photo: Reuters

At 9.32am on July 16, 1969, a 2,900-tonne Saturn V rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida carrying the Columbia lunar command module and the dreams of a generation.

The mission was Apollo 11, the commander was 38-year-old former navy pilot Neil Armstrong and the destination was the Sea of Tranquility, on the moon.

27 Aug 2012 - 11:57am

Digging into China's first moon mission

A Chinese soup spoon inspired Professor Yung Kai-leung to design a robot tool to pick up rocks on the moon.

The device, still in the prototype stage, will be attached to a four-metre-long robotic arm and put on board China's unmanned Chang'e-5 rocket due to land on the moon in 2017.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rocket scientists' deaths revealed 16 years later

Mainland television viewers learned the names of two space scientists whose deaths were kept secret for 16 years for the first time last week.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am