06 March 2016
For thousands of years thinkers have grappled to understand the origins of the universe. Now, this question has been included in China's new economic and social development plan. In the draft outline of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), which was presented to the Fourth Session of the 12th National People's Congress for review on 05 March, the evolution of the universe was given pride of place on the scientific research list. It was followed by material structure, the origins of life, and neurology. "If China wants to be a strong global nation, it should not only care about the immediate interests, but also contribute to humankind. Only that can win China the real respect of the world," Wu Ji, Director of CAS National Space Science Center said.
MORE...

07 March 2016
"The future of China's manned space programme, is not a moon landing, which is quite simple, or even the manned Mars programme which remains difficult, but continual exploration the Earth-Moon space with ever developing technology." Lt Gen. Zhang Yulin, Deputy Chief of the armament development department of the Central Military Commission told state press agency Xinhua on Monday.
MORE...

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.
MORE...

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.  
MORE...

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.
MORE...

 

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.
MORE...