STS-107 special report
China launches experimental satellite
Posted: Wed, Oct 29 7:53 AM ET (1153 GMT)
A Long March rocket launched a Chinese satellite Monday that state media says will be used to conduct scientific experiments. The Long March 2C rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 2:59 am EDT (0659 GMT, 2:59 pm Beijing time) Monday and placed the Shijan 11-08 satellite into orbit. The spacecraft will be used for unspecified scientific experiments, according to official reports. This satellite is reportedly the last in the Shijian 11 series of spacecraft.

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.

Friday, October 31
Earth's blue beauty glimpsed from far side of the moon
New Scientist — 5:32 am ET (0932 GMT)

Wednesday, October 29
Lunar orbiter to fly back to Earth on Nov. 1
Xinhua — 7:00 am ET (1100 GMT)

Tuesday, October 28
China launches experimental satellite
Xinhua — 7:01 am ET (1101 GMT)
China launches third space mission in a week
Spaceflight Now — 6:48 am ET (1048 GMT)

Monday, October 27
Chinese Long March 2C launches final Shijian-11 satellite — 8:18 pm ET (0018 GMT)
China's Wenchang to launch space station
Xinhua — 5:10 am ET (0910 GMT)
China attempting flight to the Moon and back
SEN — 4:58 am ET (0858 GMT)
Chinese lunar orbiter prepares for home trip
Xinhua — 4:47 am ET (0847 GMT)

Sunday, October 26
Luxembourg and China Team Up on Private Mission to the Moon
The Daily Beast — 10:39 am ET (1439 GMT)

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)