China's space accomplishments

Published 4:47 AM ET, Thu October 23, 2014
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A rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit -- China's first lunar rover -- blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest province of Sichuan, China, on December 2, 2013. STR/AFP/Getty Images
The Jade Rabbit was declared a success but suffered from technological problems.
Astronauts wave after getting out from the return capsule of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft after completing China's longest manned space mission on June 26, 2013. Getty Images
The 15-day mission included the first manual docking with the Tiangong space module in a major step towards Beijing's goal of building a permanent space station by 2020. ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
A girl in a school in Beijing asks Chinese female astrounaut Wang Yaping questions as Wang delivers a lesson to students from Tiangong-1 space module on June 20, 2013. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
Three Chinese astronauts in the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft prepare for docking with the Tiangong-1 module on July 18, 2012. AFP/Getty Images
China's first female astronaut, 33-year-old Liu Yang waves as she emerges from the return capsule of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft on June 29, 2012.
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The rocket carrying China's first space laboratory module, Tiangong-1, lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on September 29, 2011 Getty Images
China's third manned space mission in September 2008 included its first space walk.
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Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei waves from the Shenzhou V capsule after completing China's first manned space flight in 2003. AFP/AFP/Getty Images