Russian space ambitions hobbled by economic reality

Moscow is abandoning plans to design and build a two-stage Rus-M carrier rocket that would have replaced the aging Soyuz by 2015.

China launches Tiangong-1 into orbit

China's Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace) module was successfully lofted into orbit by a Long March-2FT1 rocket Thursday evening.

China preps Tiangong-1 for launch

China is ready to launch its Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace) unmanned space module on Thursday evening after injecting fuel into the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket.