STS-107 special report
China launches circumlunar mission
Posted: Sat, Oct 25 10:39 AM ET (1439 GMT)
Long March 3C launch of Change-5T1 (Xinhua) China launched early Friday a spacecraft on a trip around the Moon that the country describes as a test of a future lunar sample return mission. A Long March 3C rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:59 pm EDT Thursday (1759 GMT Thursday, 1:59 am Beijing time Friday) carrying a spacecraft identified in some reports as Chang'e-5T1. The spacecraft is flying an eight-day mission that will take it around the Moon before returning to Earth, landing in China's Inner Mongolia region. The mission is designed to demonstrate navigation, reentry, and other technologies needed for China's planned Chang'e-3 lunar sample return mission in 2017. On that mission, a spacecraft will land on the moon, collect lunar samples, and return them to Earth. The launch also carried, as a secondary payload, a privately-developed European payload attached to the rocket's upper stage that will return radiation and other data during the mission.

China launches imaging satellite
Posted: Tue, Oct 21 8:01 AM ET (1201 GMT)
Long March 4C launch of Yaogan-22 (Xinhua) A Long March rocket placed a Chinese Earth imaging satellite into orbit on Monday. The Long March 4C lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 2:51 am EDT (0651 GMT, 2:51 pm Beijing time) Monday and placed the Yaogan-22 satellite into orbit. The satellite, according to official Chinese media, will be used for scientific experiments and civil applications, although many Western observers believe that it also, or instead, is used for military reconnaissance. China launched a similar satellite, Yaogan-21, last month.

Saturday, October 25
First commercial mission to the moon launched from China
Spaceflight Now — 9:28 am ET (1328 GMT)

Friday, October 24
Chinese moon rocket takes private satellite along
Deutsche Welle — 7:59 pm ET (2359 GMT)
Chinese moon rocket takes private satellite along
Deutsche Welle — 7:58 pm ET (2358 GMT)
China’s spacecraft blasts off for mission to moon
The Scotsman — 7:57 pm ET (2357 GMT)
China's lunar orbiter modifies orbit
Xinhua — 7:34 pm ET (2334 GMT)
China Launches Test Orbiter for Lunar Mission
RIA Novosti — 7:21 pm ET (2321 GMT)
China space mission hints at future plans for manned mission to the Moon
Australian Broadcasting Corporation — 6:18 am ET (1018 GMT)
Chinese probe launched on round-trip flight to the moon
Spaceflight Now — 6:08 am ET (1008 GMT)
China Launches Experimental Moon Orbiter
AP — 5:53 am ET (0953 GMT)

Thursday, October 23
China successfully launched test mission for Chang'e 5 program today
The Planetary Society — 8:47 pm ET (0047 GMT)
China launches flyby mission to the moon
CBS — 8:46 pm ET (0046 GMT)
China launches lunar sample return test mission — 8:19 pm ET (0019 GMT)
China poised to send spacecraft ‘to moon and back’
South China Morning Post — 5:52 am ET (0952 GMT)
China's Secret Moon Mission
SpaceDaily — 5:51 am ET (0951 GMT)