07 March 2016
China is planning to launch a Mars probe in the year 2020 to carry out an independent exploration of the Red Planet after a joint mission with Russia failed in 2011, said Ye Peijian, a top space scientist and national political adviser.
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04 March 2016
gbtimes is refering to Chinese state media which quote China's first female taikonaut Liu Yang as saying that a female crew member for a mission after the Shenzhou-11 mission is not excluded.
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04 March 2016
gbtimes reported today, that China's concerted robotic lunar exploration efforts could support the preparation of a possible future manned exploration of the Moon.
Hu Hao, Chief Designer of the 3rd phase in the China Lunar Exploration Programme - CLEP and at the same time a deputy to the National People's Congress is quoted by gbtimes as saying that the Chang'e 5 sample return mission serves the preparation of a human lunar landing.  
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01 March 2016
Chang'e-3, China's first lunar lander, has been operating on the Moon for over two years, the longest time for an active probe, according to Ye Peijian, Chief Scientist with the Chang'e-3 programme. The probe has exceeded its operational life of one year and has been in service for 15 extra months since landing on the Moon on 14 December 2013. "It seems that Chang'e-3 will continue to keep working," said Ye Peijian.
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01 March 2016
China will launch a data relay satellite to ensure communication between Earth and the lunar probe during an expedition to the far side of the moon, Ye Peijian, Chief Scientist with China's lunar exploration program, said 2 March 2016. China in January announced plans to send the Chang'e-4 probe to the dark side of the Moon around 2018.
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02 March 2016
Liang Xiaohong, member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee and a former head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, said that 110 China-made Long March rockets will take to the skies over the next five years, as more models are developed. He stressed that the past decade witnessed a rapid increase in the number of Long March rockets launched. From 2011 to 2015, 86 Long March rockets were launched, and from 2006 to 2010 the number was 48, Liang said before the country's political advisory body convenes its annual session. The increasing launches within the five-year time frame showed that China's capacity in rocket design, production and management have been improved significantly, Liang said.
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