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Chinese launch of remote sensing satellite fails
Posted: Tue, Dec 10 5:46 AM ET (1046 GMT)
A Long March rocket failed to put a Sino-Brazilian remote sensing satellite into orbit on Monday after an apparent failure of the rocket's upper stage. The Long March 4B rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 10:26 pm EST Sunday (0326 GMT, 11:26 am Beijing time Monday) carrying the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite 3 (CBERS-3) satellite. Although initial reports claimed the launch was a success, Chinese officials later announced the satellite failed to enter orbit because of an unspecified issue with the launch vehicle. Analysts speculate that a problem with the rocket's upper stage caused it to shut down prematurely, keeping the satellite from achieving orbital velocity. Brazilian officials said they immediately entered discussions with their Chinese counterparts on building a replacement satellite. The spacecraft, a joint venture of Brazil and China, was the fourth in a series of civil remote sensing satellites.
Chang'e-3 enters lunar orbit
Posted: Sat, Dec 7 9:02 AM ET (1402 GMT)
A Chinese spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Friday in preparation for a landing on the lunar surface in about a week. Chang'e-3 fired its main engine for six minutes on Friday, entering a 100-kilometer lunar orbit at 4:53 am EST (0953 GMT, 5:53 pm Beijing time) Friday, according to Chinese officials. Chang'e-3, which launched early Monday, is scheduled to land on the lunar surface in mid-December, most likely December 14. Chang'e-3 is China's third mission to the Moon, but will be its first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon.
China launches Chang'e-3 lunar lander
Posted: Mon, Dec 2 6:01 AM ET (1101 GMT)
A Long March rocket lifted off early Monday and placed China's first lunar lander mission on a trajectory towards the Moon. The Long March...
China prepares launch of its first lunar lander
Posted: Wed, Nov 27 5:59 AM ET (1059 GMT)
Chinese officials said they are set to launch that country's first lunar lander and rover, perhaps as soon as this weekend. Officials announced on...
China launches experimental satellite
Posted: Mon, Nov 25 7:34 PM ET (0034 GMT)
A Chinese Long March rocket placed a small experimental satellite into orbit on Monday. The Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite...
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