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Chinese Astronauts Land Safely In Mongolia
2012-06-29 06:48:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a landmark thirteen-day mission in space aboard the Tiangong-1 experimental space lab, three Chinese astronauts, including the country´s first Chinese female astronaut, parachuted safely back to Earth landing in a grassy field in Inner Mongolia Friday morning. The trio´s Shenzhou-9 space capsule touched down at roughly 10:00 a.m. local time on Friday 29 June, 2012. The capsule somersaulted once after touching down,...

Shenzhou-9 Has Docked With Tiangong-1 Space Lab
2012-06-18 08:10:04

China, being only the third country to launch its own manned mission into space, made history Monday with its first successful manned docking mission at 6:07 a.m. UTC (2:07 p.m. Beijing time), just two days after it sent 3 astronauts, including the first Chinese woman, into space aboard its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. Shenzhou-9 successfully docked with China´s inaugural orbiting space lab Tiangong-1, which has been in orbit since last year. China state television showed live shots of the...

China Launches First Female Astronaut To Space
2012-06-16 08:53:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com China embraced another milestone on Saturday morning as it launched its first female astronaut into space. Female astronaut Liu Yang, 33, along with two male astronauts, lifted off aboard the Shenzhou 9 capsule from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Everything worked like a charm as the spacecraft opened up its solar panels and entered into orbit just moments after liftoff. The crew will be docking with a Chinese space...

Secret Military Space Plane Could Be Landing Today
2012-06-15 13:04:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The Air Force is making landing preparations for its super-secret X-37B unmanned space plane at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. According to various media outlets, Air Force officials said depending on weather conditions, the landing for the unmanned space plane could take place on Friday. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's notice," Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, said...

Mid-June Targeted For Chinese Manned Spacecraft Launch
2012-06-10 05:05:42

China is apparently planning to launch a manned spacecraft sometime in June, with state media reports suggesting that the vehicle will be docking with a mobile space lab that has been orbiting Earth since last September. CNN, citing information obtained from the Xinhua news agency, said that the Shenzhou-9 was moved to a launch platform Saturday in order to allow scientists to conduct tests prior to the launch, which is scheduled for the middle of this month. It will be the first time...

Successful Docking For China's Unmanned Mission
2011-11-03 09:39:10

China´s unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft docked successfully early on Thursday with the Tiangong-1 space lab module which had been orbiting Earth since September 30, taking the country to new heights in the hopes of giving its astronauts a long-term presence in space. Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China´s manned space program, said the two units docked without any problems, and all onboard instruments are working properly. Prior to this successful mission, only Russia and the United...

China Launching Unmanned Spacecraft In November
2011-10-26 13:45:10

China said on Wednesday that it will launch an unmanned spacecraft early next month that will attempt to dock with an experimental module. This move is another step closer for the country to place a manned permanent space station in orbit. The Shenzhou 8 will carry out maneuvers to dock up with Tiangong 1 module, which is currently in orbit. The spacecraft will ride on a modified Long March-2F rocket into space, which were transferred to the launch pad early on Wednesday. The...

China Launching Tiangong-1 On Thursday Or Friday
2011-09-27 12:58:23

Juiquan Satellite Launch Center reports that last-minute preparations for the launch of the Tiangong-1 spacecraft began on Monday. These preparations mean that China could soon be completing its first rendezvous and docking mission in space. China Daily reported that crews were putting pipes and cables in place that will be used to inject fuel into the rocket to help carry the Tiangong-1 into outer space. The Xinhua News Agency reported that the Long March II-F rocket will launch...

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2011-08-17 05:55:00

The Chinese are preparing their next foray into space. They have built a small 8.5-ton space lab to practice at least three docking missions in its two year lifetime, reports USA Today. The Tiangong I module is not part of China's planned space station, but is only a test bed to practice the technologies needed for its future space program. Their first mission is planned as an unmanned mission that will dock to the space lab. The second mission may be manned, but the third mission is planned...

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2011-07-12 13:15:59

China is launching a rocket on Saturday that will carry a boxcar-sized module into orbit, which is the first step for a Chinese space station. The country's space station is set to open around 2020, which is the same year the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to close.  China is launching its space laboratory module later this year, which will test docking techniques for the space station. The Chinese space station will be smaller than the ISS, which is the size of a...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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