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2008-09-27 09:00:23

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) - China's third manned spaceship Shenzhou-7 launched a small monitoring satellite about two hours after an astronaut accomplished the country's first spacewalk Saturday afternoon. The satellite will orbit the orbital module of the spaceship. "The task will test our ability to observe and control two satellites in relative motion," said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of the...

2008-09-26 12:00:11

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua "China Exclusive": "Space Mission a Boost for Civil Industries"] BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) - When the Shenzhou-7 mission climaxes in China's first space walk slated on Saturday, the advanced technology behind the feat is viewed as a boost for the country's civil industries. Space technology will greatly drive the development and upgrading of various civil industries, as space science in...

2008-09-26 00:00:29

The head of a Virginia company has been charged with giving China launch information to help its space program. Quan-Sheng Shu, 68 -- president, secretary and treasurer of AMAC International, a research and development company in Newport News -- was arrested Wednesday, the Newport News Daily Press reported. He was charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act. The U.S. Justice Department said Shu, an immigrant from China and naturalized U.S. citizen, provided information that...

2008-09-25 17:46:25

China launched a spaceship carrying three Chinese astronauts into orbit Thursday for a three-day mission that may include a spacewalk, official media reported. The Shenzhou 7 spacecraft lifted off from western China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in the northwestern Gansu Province, under clear skies at 9:10 p.m. Beijing time, or 9:10 a.m. EDT, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. The three 42-year-old fighter-pilot astronauts -- Zhai Zhigang, Jing Haipeng and Liu Boming -- were...

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2008-09-25 12:25:00

China's third manned space mission, the Shenzhou VII, launched on Thursday in a mission that hopes to include the nation's first ever space walk. The Shenzhou VII took off from the remote Jinquan launch center in Gansu at 9:10 pm. The three astronauts aboard the craft gave a live take-of broadcast. "The solar panel has unfolded and we feel well," one of the astronauts said, according to the official Xinhua news agency."The successful launch of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft signifies an initial...

2008-09-25 12:00:11

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "2nd Ld: China's Manned Spacecraft Shenzhou-7 Blasts off on Space Walk Mission"] JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) - China launched its third manned spacecraft on Thursday with three astronauts on board to attempt the country's first-ever space walk. The spaceship Shenzhou-7 blasted off on a Long March II-F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gansu...

2008-09-25 09:00:41

China starts loading fuel to Shenzhou 7 carrier rocket JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-7 mission headquarters has decided to load fuel into a Long-March II-F carrier rocket, that will launch the capsule and three Chinese taikonauts (astronauts) into space on Thursday. The loading, which started at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, meant that the launch of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft is irreversible. The loading would last for seven hours and two types of propellants will be...

2008-09-25 06:00:11

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "NASA Wishes China Success on Launch of Shenzhou-7 Mission"] WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) - "NASA wishes China success on the launch of Shenzhou-7 and the safe return of its crew," a spokesman for the US space agency told Xinhua on the eve of the mission. China has announced that the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft will lift off on Thursday night. This will be the third Chinese manned space mission,...

2008-09-25 06:00:11

By Calum MacLeod BEIJING -- From a secretive desert town in China's northwest, the country will launch its third manned spaceflight today, which will feature the nation's first spacewalk. Chinese television will broadcast the takeoff from the Jiuquan satellite launch center in Gansu province, as well as the spacewalk, for the public to view another milestone soon after last month's Olympic Games in Beijing. Russian technicians will provide support for the spacewalk during the...

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2008-09-24 09:30:00

A spokesman for China's space program said Wednesday that Russian technicians will help direct China's third manned mission and first-ever spacewalk this week, setting the stage for expanded cooperation between the sides. Wang Zhaoyao told reporters at the Jiuquan launch site in northwestern China that two Chinese astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft will don spacesuits for the maneuver, one of them a Russian-made Orlan model. Wang said Russian experts would support the two throughout...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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