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Three Chinese Astronauts Land After Record-Breaking Spaceflight

A Chinese space capsule carrying three astronauts returned safely to Earth Tuesday (June 25), wrapping up the longest manned space mission in the nation's history. Full story

China's Space Docking Is Step Toward Ambitious Future in Space

Three Chinese astronauts are currently visiting China's Tiangong 1 space lab in orbit on the country's fifth manned mission to space. The flight, which has been going smoothly so far, officials say, is a step toward the country's long-term plan to build and operate a larger space station in the futu Full story

China Gears Up for Next Crewed Space Launch

China is readying its next piloted space mission with a three-person crew set to rendezvous and dock with the nation's Tiangong 1 space module now in Earth orbit. Full story

Secret X-37B plane not spying on China: expert

Contrary to rampant speculation, the United States military's secretive X-37B space plane is most likely not spying on a prototype Chinese space module, experts say. Full story

Skywatchers catch Tiangong 1 on film

China's Shenzhou 8 spacecraft, which launched late Monday, is expected to dock at the country's Tiangong 1 space module to form a miniature space station, but a  few amateur astronomers have already spotted the orbiting Tiangong 1 spacecraft. Full story

China launches its first space docking mission

China successfully launched its first-ever docking mission on Monday, putting an unmanned vehicle in orbit to test technologies that could help the nation build a space station by 2020. Full story

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China's Shenzhou 9 crewed space capsule is seen approaching the Tiangong 1 orbital module just before Monday's docking via a camera mounted on Tiangong.

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An artist's conception shows China's Tiangong 1 space lab module in orbit.

Tiangong 1 and Long March 2F
Tiangong 1 and Long March 2F

The integrated Tiangong 1 space module and its Long March 2F rocket are on display at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.