Sian Proctor, the first black woman to pilot spacecraft

Sian Proctor, the 51-year-old geoscientist, artist, and airplane pilot has finally achieved her goal of becoming a pilot of a spacecraft. In 2009, Proctor made it to the final round of NASA’s competitive astronaut selection process and also spent four months as a crew member in a simulated Mars habitat in Hawaii. She termed her achievement a breakthrough in Black history.

18 Reserve Astronauts Selected for China’s Manned Space Program

WUHAN, Oct 22 (Xinhua/APP): China's manned space program has entered the mission preparation stage with the selection of a new group of 18 reserve astronauts. According to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA), the reserve astronauts, including one female, have been selected recently from 2,500 candidates. Among them are seven spacecraft pilots, seven space flight engineers and four payload experts.

Germany Installs Space Debris Tracking Radar

BERLIN, Oct 14 (Xinhua/APP): After five years of development and construction, Germany's first space radar was installed near the city of Koblenz, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced on Wednesday. The technology, worth 44.5 million euros (52.3 million U.S. dollars), is designed to detect and monitor space debris in low Earth orbit, according to the DLR.