December 2013

China-Brazil satellite launch fails, likely fell back to Earth

December 11th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

A Chinese-Brazilian satellite launched by China on Monday failed to reached its planned orbit and likely fell back to Earth, Brazil's Ministry of Science said. The satellite was the fourth in a series designed to monitor land use in Brazil, including forest cover in the Amazon basin. Brazil's space program [...]

Why the next decade’s hot space race revolves around the moon

December 6th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If China’s just-launched Chang’e 3 lunar probe (quaintly known as the Jade Rabbit) drops its robotic rover down on the Moon’s surface in mid-December as scheduled, it will be the first soft landing on our nearest celestial neighbor in 37 years. It also kicks off a resurgence of interest in [...]

Rocket debris hits Chinese village

December 5th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , |

Pieces of launcher from moon rover takeoff fall through roofs in Hunan province, sparking calls for compensation Two houses in China were damaged by falling pieces of a rocket launched on Monday, prompting calls for an insurance scheme to cover future damage from the country's space programme, the China Daily [...]

China launches rocket with its first moon lander and rover

December 2nd, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , |

BEIJING-- In hopes of ensuring that the next man on the moon is Chinese, Beijing launched a rocket carrying a buggy-like vehicle that is expected to roam and explore the moon's surface for three months. The Long March rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province [...]