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Chinese crew returns to Earth after ambitious test flight

China's fourth manned space flight ended with a jarring touchdown in Inner Mongolia after a successful flight to test docking procedures and techniques needed for building a Mir-class space station later this decade.

By Jun. 28, 2012

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Chinese crew docks with prototype lab module

In another step toward learning how to build a space station, Chinese astronauts successfully docked with a prototype lab module after an automated approach.

By Jun. 18, 2012

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China launches prototype lab module for docking tests

The Chinese space program entered a new phase today with its launch of a prototype space station module that will be used to perfect technology needed for assembly of a large lab complex later this decade.

By Sep. 29, 2011

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China launches first woman, first manned docking mission

In another deliberate step toward building a space station later this decade, China launched two men and the country's first female astronaut on a flight to dock with a prototype laboratory module.

By Jun. 16, 2012

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China launches unmanned capsule for key docking test

In another step toward building an operational space station, China launches an unmanned Shenzhou capsule for automated docking tests with a prototype lab module.

By Oct. 31, 2011

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China aims to put astronauts on moon

China puts its stamp on manned lunar missions, while emphasizing peaceful use of space.

By Dec. 30, 2011

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Space post office postmarks letters from orbit

China's new Space Post Office offers a direct digital link to the postal beyond.

By Dec. 23, 2011

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How to enter space after NASA's last shuttle flight

Today, the era of NASA's space shuttle came to an end. But, fear not, because we've spotted plenty of other ways to get your space wings.

By Jul. 8, 2011