07 June 2017
China has moved ahead with its research and development of reusable horizontal take-off and landing spacecraft, and has completed tests of key components, including engines, a senior executive of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), said 6 June. Progress has also been made in the research and development of reliable and cost-effective solid fuel launch vehicles, Liu Shiquan, CASIC deputy general manager, said at the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) on 6 June.  
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07 June 2017
Yang Liwei, Deputy Director General of China Manned Space Agency and China's first man in space, said it will "not take long" for the manned mission to the Moon to get official approval and funding, state news agency Xinhua said late on 06 June.
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China is making preparations for manned lunar landing
07 June 2017
Yang Liwei said during a group interview at the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) that it will not take long for the project to get official approval and funding. Wu Yansheng, President of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), also said that China is working on a manned lunar landing plan.
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07 June 2017
CHINA'S Chang'e 5 lunar probe is expected to land in the Mons Rumker region, and to take moon samples back to Earth at the end of the year, according to Liu Jizhong, Director of China Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center of China National Space Administration (CNSA). The probe landing site is an isolated volcanic formation located in the northwest part of the Moon's near side.
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China Plans to Launch Chang'e-5 Lunar Mission by the end of November (approx. 30 November)
07 June 2017
The Director of the International Cooperation Department of China National Space Administration CNSA Xu Yansong stated that the third launch of the carrier rocket Long March 5 with the satellite Chang'e-5 will take place in the end of November, approximately on November 30.
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06 June 2017
China will begin the process of selecting new astronauts later in 2017, when 10 to 12 candidates - including two female astronauts - will be chosen for the nation's next phase of space exploration, a manned space program official revealed. Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut and also deputy director general of China's manned space program, made the remarks in an interview with Beijing Youth Daily. Yang added that preliminary research and experiments have already been completed. "The first batch of astronauts were all bachelor's degree-holders selected from the PLA Air Force. Now we will give more consideration to aerospace engineers and other experts from broader society. They will more likely be postgraduates," Yang said. In the future, new astronauts will be selected every four years, according to Yang.
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China to conduct at least four manned spaceflight missions in five years
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06 June 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a letter of congratulations to the Global Space Exploration Conference GLEX, which opened 06 June in Beijing. In his letter, Xi said China is willing to enhance cooperation with the international community in peaceful space exploration and development. Hailing the achievements made in space exploration in the 20th century, Xi said progress in space science and technology will benefit people around the world in the future.
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06 June 2017
"Commercial is a pathway that is good for opening new doors. It has no symbolism, no 'flags' it is based on requirements and it can be structured to meet the concerns of all parties. I believe commercial is the pathway forward for greater cooperation with Chinese companies and educational organizations," Jeffrey Manber, CEO of NanoRacks, told Xinhua in an email.
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