China launched two astronauts into space as part of Beijing's plans to establish a permanent orbiting research complex by 2022. The Shenzhou-11 blasted off from Jiuquan space center, a military-operated facility on the edge of the Gobi Desert.
China has made public its plans to launch an 'artificial moon' by 2020. It's hoped the light source will replace streetlamps and lower exorbitant electricity costs in the country's rural areas.
China's ambitious space program could also be a chance for the European Space Agency to grow. The Europeans can't afford big projects such as Mars missions or building lunar bases on their own, says DW's Frank Sieren.
A piece of the moon sold at auction will now be on display at the Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex in Vietnam. The meteorite was blasted off the moon and traveled 384,400 kilometers to Earth.
BepiColombo is set to begin its long journey to one of the least studied of Earth's seven neighboring planets. It is hoped the probe will offer insights into how our solar system was formed.
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