China Could Outspend U.S. On Science Funding By 2020

China is on track to overtake the United States on research & development spending by the end of the decade, according to a report issued yesterday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. » 11/12/14 9:30am 11/12/14 9:30am

Top-Secret Space Plane Lands After Almost 2 Years In Orbit

The U.S. Air Force's top secret X-37B Space Plane made a not-so-secret return to Earth this morning, landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after an impressive 674 days in orbit. » 10/17/14 4:08pm 10/17/14 4:08pm

China is the third country to dock a crewed vessel in space

Early this morning, China's manned Shenzhou-9 spacecraft successfully docked with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab, becoming the third country on Earth — behind the U.S. and Russia — to do so. It brings the country one step close to having the world's only space station. On board the docking vessel were taikonauts… » 6/18/12 12:30pm 6/18/12 12:30pm

Meet fighter pilot Liu Yang, China's first woman in space

On Saturday, China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will carry three taikonauts on a mission to low Earth orbit, where it will attempt to dock for the first time with the country's Tiangong-1 space station test module. The mission marks a major step in China's push to become one of the world's foremost space-faring nations,… » 6/15/12 11:44am 6/15/12 11:44am

America's X-37B spaceplane is "probably" spying on China

The US Air Force's high-tech, unmanned X-37B spaceplane launched on March 5, 2011, entering low Earth orbit with the mission designation USA-226 and a set of tantalizingly vague mission parameters: to "demonstrate a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the United States Air Force." » 1/05/12 2:59pm 1/05/12 2:59pm

China is sending an astronaut to the Moon

China continues to make headway in its efforts to become one of the world's foremost spacefaring nations. In a white paper issued last week, the Chinese government officially announced its intentions to place a manned spacecraft on the moon. » 1/03/12 11:23am 1/03/12 11:23am

China moves closer to having the world's only space station

When China was denied membership in the multinational partnership that operates the International Space Station, the country decided to build a manned space station of its own. Now, China is one step closer to achieving its goal: late last night, the China National Space Administration successfully launched its… » 11/01/11 11:39am 11/01/11 11:39am

China will launch a prototype of its space station later this week

China rallied hard to become a part of the US-led, international partnership that owns and operates the International Space Station, but was ultimately turned down. Not one to be left out, China decided to go ahead and build its own manned space station — and later this week, the country will take a major step toward… » 9/26/11 3:00pm 9/26/11 3:00pm