STS-107 special report
China launches imaging satellite
Posted: Tue, Sep 9 9:30 AM ET (1330 GMT)
Long March 4B launch of Yaogan-21 (Xinhua) A Long March rocket launched on Monday a remote sensing satellite likely to be used by the Chinese military. The Long March 4B rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 11:22 pm EDT Sunday (0322 GMT, 11:22 am Beijing time Monday) and placed the Yaogan 21 satellite into orbit. The satellite, according to official Chinese media, will be used for civil applications and scientific experiments, although Western observers widely consider the Yaogan satellites a series of military reconnaissance satellites. The rocket also placed into orbit a small secondary payload, Tiantuo-2, which Chinese media said will be used to test tracking of moving objects using a series of video cameras. The launch was the fourth for the Long March series of vehicles in a month, after a hiatus of four months.

China launches two satellites
Posted: Thu, Sep 4 8:40 PM ET (0040 GMT)
Long March 2D launch from September 2014 (Xinhua) A Long March rocket placed two small communications satellites into orbit on Thursday. The Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 8:15 pm EDT Wednesday (0015 GMT, 8:15 am Beijing time Thursday) and placed two satellites into low Earth orbits. One satellite, Chuangxin-1-04, is described by official Chinese media as providing data relay services for hydrology, meteorology, and other applications. The other satellite, Ling Qiao, is an experimental "smart satellite" for multimedia applications.

Tuesday, September 16
Female Astronauts Named as Space Tech Exchange Ambassadors
Women of China — 6:35 am ET (1035 GMT)

Monday, September 15
Adventurous Chinese Eager to Travel to Space as Tourists
RIA Novosti — 8:32 pm ET (0032 GMT)
Space: China’s final tourism frontier
Xinhua — 7:12 am ET (1112 GMT)
Astronauts eye China's future space station
Xinhua — 6:28 am ET (1028 GMT)
China plans to train engineers to be astronauts
Xinhua — 5:57 am ET (0957 GMT)

Sunday, September 14

Friday, September 12
T-Minus Eight Years: China Sets Launch Date for Space Station
Wall Street Journal — 5:05 am ET (0905 GMT)

Thursday, September 11
Launch of space lab scheduled for 2016
China Daily — 7:04 am ET (1104 GMT)
Space station eyes cooperation with other countries
China Daily — 7:03 am ET (1103 GMT)
Hadfield at international space conference in China
Canadian Press — 6:34 am ET (1034 GMT)

Wednesday, September 10
China eyes first space station by around 2022
Reuters — 6:48 am ET (1048 GMT)

Tuesday, September 9

Monday, September 8
Long March 4B lofts Yaogan-21 in surprise launch — 7:22 pm ET (2322 GMT)