Chang’e 5 took soil samples on the Moon
Chang’e 5 has landed on the surface of the Moon. China’s most ambitious lunar mission to date, is expected to retrieve two kilograms of lunar soil.
Chang’e 5 entered the Moon orbit
After 112 hours of flight, the Chang’e 5 sample return spacecraft has reached the Moon. It is currently orbiting the Moon every eight hours.
Chinese Chang’e 5 probe launched towards the Moon
On November 23, the Long March 5 rocket launched from the Wenchang spaceport, lifting off the Chinese Chang’e 5 lunar probe. The mission aims to bring back two kilograms of lunar surface samples.
China launched the Haiyang 2C satellite
On Monday, September 21, a Long March 4B rocket launched from the Jiuquan spaceport. It placed the Haiyang 2C oceanographic satellite into orbit.
The first flight of a Chinese military spaceplane
In early September, China carried out its first small military spaceplane mission. The details of the uncrewed flight, which lasted less than two days, were top secret and very little information was released.
China launched three Yaogan-30 satellites
On the 24th of March a CZ-2C rocket was launched from the Xichang spaceport (西昌) with three Yaogan Weixing satellites (遥感卫星), which translates as „remote viewing satellites”. This was the first successful Chinese launch since a failed flight of the CZ-7A rocket.
Failed launch of a Chinese CZ-7A rocket
The first launch attempt of the chinese CZ-7A launch vehicle failed in flight on the 16th of march. This was the third flight of a rocket from the CZ-7 familly.