Connecting Africa to China
China touches down on Mars in historic landing
For the first time in its history, China has landed a rover on the surface of Mars, becoming the second country, alongside the United States, to successfully touch down. China’s Tianwen or ‘Questions for Heaven’ mission made successful contact with Mars at roughly 19:11pm on the 14th of May... Read more
Chinese space rocket comes back down to earth
Debris from a Chinese Long-March 5B rocket has re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere in an uncontrolled descent, landing in the Arabian Peninsula. The spent part was used to send the core module of China’s ‘Tiangong’ Space Station into orbit in late April 2021. The significant size and mass of the... Read more
Chinese space station significantly closer to completion
Tianhe or ‘Heavenly Harmony’, China’s core module of its space station was successfully launched into orbit on the 28th of April from Hainan Island, strapped to a Long March 5B rocket. China’s space station – Tiangong or ‘Heavenly Palace’ – is expected to be complete and operational by 2022... Read more
China opens world’s largest telescope to scientists
After listening intently to the sounds of the universe for 15 months, the world’s largest filled-aperture radio telescope is now available to all scientists who wish to use it. The colossal structure, roughly the size of 30 football fields, is capable of spotting objects 13.7 billion light years away... Read more
China and Russia join forces to build moon base
China and Russia will jointly build an international lunar base station that will orbit the moon’s surface, according to Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. The ‘International Lunar Space Station’ will be a complex of facilities on the lunar surface and in a close orbit dedicated to lunar research and designed... Read more
Chinese spacecraft enters Mars orbit after half-year journey
Six and a half months after it left Earth’s gravitational pull, China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission craft has successfully entered into Mars’s orbit, a Chinese first and the planet’s second visitor this week. The Tianwen craft, which consists of a lander, rover, and orbiter, will remain in a stable orbit... Read more
Chinese lunar mission heads into uncharted territory
China has launched a mission to the moon to retrieve lunar rocks – the first mission of its kind since the USSR in 1976. Monday’s successful launch was China’s 35th this year, as it cements its title as a ‘space-superpower’. Launched off Hainan Island’s Wenchang Space Site, the mission,... Read more