Beijing is exploring the options to harness natural resources from asteroids and other small planets besides their significant growth in developing military space technology.
China will launch a spacecraft carrying three astronauts on a scheduled flight to the core module of the unfinished Chinese space station, where they will work and live for six months.
The landing marked the official end of the first fully-private mission to the orbiting outpost and a turning point in NASA's goal to commercialise the region of space called low Earth orbit.
The sunshield will be permanently positioned between NASA's Webb telescope and the Sun, Earth and Moon, ensuring the observatory is kept in the shade as it completes its mission.
Chinese mission that landed on Moon has transferred rocks to an orbiter which is due to land in northern grasslands in Inner Mongolia region in mid-December.
After travelling 6 billion kilometres across space over 12 years, Rosetta ends historic mission by crash-landing into the comet it orbited for two years.
In a first of its kind space mission, a probe will take seven years to travel to an asteroid, collect samples and come back to earth in order to help scientists understand the mysteries of life.
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