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2008-09-21 15:30:00

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Chinese Astronauts for Shenzhou-7 Mission Arrive at Launch Centre"] JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) - A panel of six Chinese astronauts arrived at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern Gansu Province on Sunday, making the last-minute preparations for the country's third manned space mission. Taking a special flight to the remote centre, three qualified spacemen and three...

2008-09-20 12:00:11

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China's Manned Spacecraft Shenzhou-7 in Final Preparation for Launch"] JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) - The Shenzhou-7 manned spaceship, the Long-March II-F rocket and the escape tower were vertically transferred to the launch pad at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, marking the final stage of the preparation. The 58.3-meter-high body was transferred to the launch pad on a 1,500-meter-long heavy...

2008-09-09 09:00:38

China's environment monitoring satellites start operation BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's newly launched environment monitoring satellites have started operation and are sending back concrete data, Chinese authorities have announced. The two satellites successfully sent back data obtained by the charge coupled devices (CCD) cameras at 5 p.m. on Monday and the images converted from the data were clear, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence...

2008-09-09 03:00:20

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China's Environment Monitoring Satellites Start Operation"] BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) - China's newly launched environment monitoring satellites have started operation and are sending back concrete data, Chinese authorities have announced. The two satellites successfully sent back data obtained by the charge coupled devices (CCD) cameras at 5 p.m. on Monday and the images converted from...

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2008-09-08 08:40:00

China's third manned space mission will launch in late September according to Xinhua, a state-run news agency. China's first spacewalk will occur during the Shenzhou VII flight and will be broadcast live with cameras outside and inside the spacecraft. Previous reports dated the launch to occur in October, but new information shows that the launch will take place between September 25 and 30. In 2003, China became the third nation to send a human into space. The new mission will launch from...

2008-09-07 12:00:16

Chinese officials have announced plans for their first space walk to take place later this month. The manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 will lift off sometime between Sept. 25 and Sept. 30 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Sunday. "All the major systems involved in the launching are now in the final preparation," a spokesman said Saturday. "The main tests for the spacecraft, the Long-March II-F rocket, suits for...

2008-09-07 06:00:03

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua "China Exclusive": "China To Launch Manned Spacecraft Shenzhou-7 Between Sept. 25-30"] Jiuquan, Gansu Province, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) - China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 will be launched at an appropriate time between Sept. 25 and 30 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern Gansu Province, a spokesman said here on Saturday. The crew had conducted drills and their controlling...

2008-09-06 15:00:14

Chinese officials say they have launched two natural disaster and environment monitoring satellites. The first of their kind put into space by China, the satellites are expected to enhance the Asian nation's natural disasters forecasting capabilities, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Saturday. "The role of the satellites will be significant when China faces such natural disasters as this year's snowstorms and massive earthquake," said Bai Zhaoguang, a leading scientist and designer...

2008-09-06 03:00:17

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "1st Ld: China Launches Two Natural Disaster Monitoring Satellites"] TAIYUAN, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) - China launched two satellites for monitoring ecological environment and natural disasters at around 11:25 a.m. here Saturday. The two satellites, launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province and carried by a Long March 2C rocket, were expected to enhance the country's...

2008-09-04 09:00:36

China to launch first natural disaster monitoring satellite BEIJING, Sept.3 (Xinhua) -- China will launch the first of eight satellites to monitor environment and natural disasters from the country's north Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center this week, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The satellite "Environment 1", an optical satellite, will be sent into orbit by a Long March 2C carrier. It will monitor most of the country and send back data...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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