China’s Tianzhou-1 Cargo Vehicle Completes First In-Space Refueling Test

China successfully completed its first refueling exercise in orbit between the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft and the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, marking the completion of the last crucial demonstration before the country can begin the deployment of its planned modular Space Station currently expected to start in 2018.

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China’s ‘Heavenly Vessel’ Sails into Orbit atop Long March 7 Rocket on Space Logistics Demonstration

China’s aspirations of establishing a permanent outpost in orbit around Earth reached new heights on Thursday with the successful launch of the country’s first Tianzhou cargo spacecraft – embarking on a five-month shakedown mission to demonstrate China can keep its future modular space station stocked up on supplies and fuel.

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Long March 7 Rocket rolls out ahead of China’s First Orbital Logistics Mission

China’s Long March 7 rocket was moved to its launch pad on Hainan Island on Monday for the country’s first orbital logistics mission to prove critical technologies for the upcoming Chinese Space Station (CSS) that will begin deployment in 2018 to build a permanent Chinese outpost in orbit.

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China progresses toward first Orbital Logistics Mission, Space Station Module finishes Assembly

China is progressing toward the country’s first logistics mission set for liftoff in April to demonstrate a critical component of the long-term operation of China’s Space Station CSS that is being readied to begin deployment in 2018

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Chinese Astronaut Duo Parachutes to safe Landing after month-long Mission

China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft and two crew members parachuted to a safe landing in Inner Mongolia on Friday to put an end to a record-setting mission, spending 32 days in space to continue China’s push toward long-duration Space Station missions later in the decade.

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Chinese Astronauts depart Tiangong-2 Space Lab for Return to Earth after record-breaking Flight

China’s record-setting astronauts are in the final stages of their homecoming, having departed the Tiangong-2 space laboratory on Thursday for a day-long free flight aboard the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft ahead of a blazing re-entry and parachute-assisted landing in a remote stretch of Inner Mongolia.

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Chinese Astronaut Duo arrives at Tiangong-2 Space Lab after flawless Docking

A pair of Chinese Astronauts completed an out-of-this world link-up on Tuesday when their Shenzhou-11 spacecraft pulled into port at the Tiangong-2 space laboratory to kick off a month-long stay that will set a new record for the longest mission of a Chinese crew, continuing to press toward a continuous human presence in orbit.

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Photos: China’s Long March 2F thunders off at Dawn with Two-Man Crew

China’s Long March 2F rocket launched the country’s first crewed space flight in over three years at dawn on Monday when the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with two crew members on board was successfully lifted into orbit for a five-week research mission to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

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Videos: Long March 2F lifts Chinese Astronaut Duo to Orbit

China’s Long March 2F rocket launched the country’s first crewed space flight in over three years at dawn on Monday when the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with two crew members on board was successfully lifted into orbit for a five-week research mission to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

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Shenzhou-11 Crew revealed as Countdown begins at Gobi Desert Launch Base

China has begun the countdown to the country’s longest crewed space mission to date, now confirmed for liftoff on a Long March 2F rocket at 23:30 UTC on Sunday after the detailed flight plan and the crew’s identities were kept under close wraps until the day before launch.

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