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

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