China to open moon exploration programme to private firms

The Chinese government will open up its ambitious moon exploration programme to private companies rather than simply relying on the state-owned sector as before, hoping to boost technological breakthroughs, a major newspaper said on Tuesday.

China researchers plan Mars mission 'around 2020': State media
China researchers plan Mars mission 'around 2020': State media

Chinese scientists are planning to launch a Mars rover "around 2020", state media reported today, as the country pours billions into its space programme and works to catch up with the US and Europe.

China to send orbiter to moon and back: Report
China to send orbiter to moon and back: Report

China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days, state media said Wednesday, in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth.

China`s moon rover listening but immobile: Scientists

China`s moon rover that moved between 100-110 metres before stalling in late January owing to a mechanical failure is awake but still immobile.

China has ability to explore Mars: Scientist

China has the ability to explore Mars and it is up to the government to decide when to send a probe to land on the Red Planet`s surface, a top Chinese scientist said today.

China`s moon rover goes into third planned dormancy

China`s first lunar rover Jade Rabbit has entered its third “planned dormancy”. It had woken up ten days ago after being declared dead and now has entered its 14-day dormancy yesterday, with the mechanical control issues unresolved.

China`s Moon rover declared dead due to mechanical issues

In a huge setback to China`s ambitious space programme, its first lunar rover Yutu or the Jade Rabbit was declared dead after attempts to revive it failed, media reports said Thursday.

Long lunar night wait for China`s malfunctioning Jade Rabbit

Chinese scientists will have to wait until the end of a long lunar night, lasting about 14 earth days, to see if repair efforts on the country`s first moon rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, were successful.

`Goodnight, humans`: China`s Jade Rabbit moon rover posting

Chinese Internet users flooded the country`s social media networks on Monday with condolences for the troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover, which experienced a "mechanical control abnormality" over the weekend.

China`s moon rover performs first lunar probe

China`s moon rover "Yutu", or Jade Rabbit, completed its first scientific exploration of lunar soil Tuesday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) said.

China eyes collection of lunar samples in 2017

China aims to launch its next unmanned lunar probe in 2017, with the key aim of collecting and bringing back lunar samples, an official said on Monday, after the country`s first probe landed successfully on the moon over the weekend.

China hails its lunar probe mission as complete success

A day after the country finished its first lunar soft landing, both the lander and moon rover were functioning well, said Pei Zhaoyu, spokesperson for China`s lunar probe programme.

China deploys `Jade Rabbit` lunar rover on moon

China has deployed its lunar rover vehicle on the moon, state media said early Sunday, hours after carrying out the first soft landing on Earth`s satellite since 1976 in a major step for Beijing`s ambitious space programme.

China`s first lunar rover set for Moon landing

A space module carrying China`s first lunar rover is scheduled to land on the moon Saturday evening, state media said, in a huge step for the Asian superpower`s ambitious space programme.

China moon rover enters lunar orbit: Xinhua

China`s first lunar rover entered the moon`s orbit on Friday, state media reported, a key step towards the vessel`s planned landing later this month.

China to launch moon rover on Monday

China will launch its first ever moon rover mission on Monday, state media said, as Beijing embarks on the latest stage in its ambitious space programme.