Chinese Moon missions

Like many people, I was very excited to hear the news on 3 January that the Chinese spacecraft, Chang'e 4, had landed as planned in the Von Karman crater on the far side of the Moon. Chang’e 4 in the Von Karman crater. The crater lies in the South Pole-Aitken basin on the far side of… Continue reading Chinese Moon missions

Chinese manned space programme

On 18 November two Chinese astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, landed back on Earth after spending 33 days in space, an event which was hardly reported in the western media. During their mission they spent 30 days aboard the Tiangong-2 space station. Image from the Chinese National Space Administration Tiangong-2, shown in the mission patch above, is the second… Continue reading Chinese manned space programme

Chinese Manned spaceflight

Welcome  Welcome to the latest post from the Science Geek. The topic of this post, which is part of a series about the Moon, is the Chinese manned space programme. As I said in my last post, sadly it is now nearly 42 years since the last Apollo astronauts lifted off from the Moon's surface… Continue reading Chinese Manned spaceflight