China Launches Spacecraft, Eyes Space Station

China has launched an unmanned spacecraft, in what is described as Beijing’s first step toward building its own space station. The 8.5 ton module – known as Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace” – lifted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, a site in China’s northwestern Gobi Desert, late Thursday night local time.  The craft was propelled

NASA Satellite Falls Over Pacific Ocean

NASA has confirmed that its defunct 20-year-old Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell to Earth in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, and, most likely, no one witnessed the much-anticipated re-entry of its orbital debris. It took a few days of detective work and calculations, but the U.S. space agency NASA has narrowed down

China Tiangong 1 Readied for Orbit

Beijing says it will launch an experimental space platform later this week as the growing Asian economic power moves closer to rivaling the United States and Russia with plans for its own manned space station. The official Xinhua news agency says the unmanned Tiangong 1 laboratory is scheduled to blast off from a Gobi desert