China’s space station is returning to Earth
Chang & e-4 launched from the Xichang satellite launch center in Sichuan, southwest of China at 6:30 GMT on December 7
October 24, 2007 – China launches Chang & e-1, an unmanned satellite, into space where it will remain operational for more than a year.
October 1, 2010 – China launches Chang & # 39; e-2. This was part of the first phase of the Chinese lunar program. It was in a 100-km-high lunar orbit to collect data for the upcoming Chang & e-3 mission.
September 29, 2011 – China launches Tiangong 1.
September 15, 2013 – A second space lab, Tiangong 2, is being launched.
December 1, 2013 – Chang & # 39; e-3 launched.
December 14, 2013 – Chang & e-3, a 2600 lb (1200 kg) lunar probe successfully lands on the nearest side of the moon. It became the first object to land softly on the moon since Luna 24 in 1976.
April 1, 2018 – Tiangong-1 crashes to earth at 17,000 mph and lands in the ocean off the coast of Tahiti.
May 20, 2018 – China is launching a relay satellite called Queqiao that is stationed in an operational orbit around 40,000 miles beyond the moon. This is designed to enable Chang & e-4 to communicate with technicians on earth.
The Chang & e-4 lunar robber is being launched into space from the Xichang launch base in southwestern Sichuan province in China on December 7
December 7, 2018 – The Chinese space agency announces that it has launched the Chang & e-4 probe.
December 12, 2018 – Retro-sockets on the probe are fired to stabilize and delay the spacecraft.
December 31, 2018 – The probe is preparing for the very first soft landing on the other side of the moon.
January 4, 2019 – It lands the Chang & e-4 lander on the other side of the moon
Scheduled for 2020 – Tiangong 3, a follow-up mission to the Tiangong-2
Before 2033 – China has plans for its first displaced Mars exploration program.
2040 – 2060 – The Asian superpower is planning a manned mission to Mars.
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