13 February 2017
Ren Xinmin, a scientist whose dedication and expertise propelled China's aerospace industry onto the world stage, died on Sunday afternoon in Beijing. He was 102. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the country's major space contractor, announced his death. Ren was a famed expert in missile and rocket technologies who helped build China's first artificial satellite. Alongside Tu Shou'e, Huang Weilu and Liao Shounie, he was regarded as one of the "Four Elders of China's Aerospace", only exceeded by the founder of China's aerospace industry, Qian Xuesen.

14 February 2017
The five-nation group of BRICS will share spatial data on natural resources from their remote-sensing satellites for utilising space assets optimally, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Director M. Annadurai at an international seminar on aerospace technologies in Bangalore on 13 February.  "Space agencies of BRICS have agreed to share and exchange data, including images of natural resources from our remote-sensing satellites for mutual benefit," he said. Going forward, the space agencies of the BRICS nations plan to share similar data for tele-education, tele-medicine and a host of societal applications, utilising the excess capacity of their respective satellites for their mutual benefit.

10 February 2017
China is set to launch its first remote-sensing satellite capable of detecting large lighted structures on the ground at night. The satellite, to be launched this year, will be capable of detecting large lighted structures on the ground within its designated observation area, such as bridges over the Yangtze River, Li, a professor of remote-sensing surveys at the university and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said.

29 January 2017
China has released a short list of eight names for the country's first Mars spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch by 2020. China plans to launch its first Mars spacecraft by 2020, which will orbit, land and explore the Red Planet.

30 January 2017
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, Vice Director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid exploration, and a fly-by of the Jupiter system.

28 January 2017
During the annual Spring Festival CCTV Gala, China's 11 taikonauts made an impressive appearance. They hoisted the Chinese flag and introduced themselves before they left their hand prints in moulds which are going on display in the museum. The sequence can be watched on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JstAUsmGuKA from 03:28:40 - 03:33:06. (for all China Kong-Fu fans - here is a performance in highest perfection - see: 02:59:30 - 03:04:35)