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Chinese Shenzhou 10 Manned Spacecraft Ready For Tuesday Evening Launch
2013-06-10 10:12:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chinese officials have announced the upcoming launch of the country´s next manned space flight — which is set for Tuesday evening, local time. The Shenzhou 10, or “Heavenly Vessel,” spacecraft is expected to launch from a remote site in the Chinese Gobi desert according to Wu Ping, a spokeswoman for China's manned space program. After entering into orbit the craft is expected to dock with the Tiangong 1, or...

Chinese Astronauts Complete First Attempted Manual Docking
2012-06-25 04:19:07

A trio of Chinese astronauts manually docked the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft to an orbiting laboratory module on Sunday, achieving success in the first such attempt in the history of that nation's space program, the Xinhua News Agency has reported. The three-person Shenzhou-9 crew -- 33-year-old Liu Yang, 43-year-old Liu Wang, and 45-year-old mission commander Jing Haipeng -- placed their vehicle into docking position outside the Tiangong-1 space lab at 12:48pm, and reconnected with the module...

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...

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2012-06-13 10:07:16

John Neumann for redOrbit.com China is readying a spaceflight that will feature the country´s first female in orbit, writes Tania Branigan for The Guardian. The decision will be decided soon as to which of two candidates will be allowed into orbit. The first of the two candidates is Major Liu Yang, from Henan. Hailed as a “hero pilot”, who achieved notoriety after a successful emergency aircraft landing in which a dramatic bird strike incident spattered the windshield...

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...

China Planning To Launch New Manned Space Mission
2012-02-17 12:31:13

China news agency Xinhua reported on Friday that the country's space agency will be launching its next manned space mission sometime between June and August. This will be China's fourth manned mission since 2003, and it will attempt to dock with an experimental module that was launched September 29 last year. According to Xinhua, three astronauts will attempt to dock with the Tiangong-1 module, and will then live and conduct experiments there. China completed its first docking...

China Completes Rendezvous And Docking Mission
2011-11-18 05:22:50

China fully completed its first-ever space rendezvous and docking mission on Thursday after Shenzhou-8 successfully landed back on Earth. The mission completed after having successfully undergone a rendezvous and docking between the target orbiter Tiangong-1 and the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft. China's Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang on Thursday evening delivered a congratulatory note from the central authorities saying that the mission was an important milestone in the history of China's manned...

China Successfully Docks Space Modules A Second Time
2011-11-14 12:55:31

China successfully docked space modules together for a second time on Monday, according to its Xinhua news agency. The country's Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft re-docked successfully with the Tiangong-1 module. The news report said about half an hour before the re-docking, Shenzhou-8 had disengaged from Tiangong-1 after a 12-day flight together. Shenzhou-8 launched on November 1 and rendezvoused and docked with the Tiangong-1 spacecraft on November 3. The Beijing Aerospace Control...

China Launches Unmanned Spacecraft Successfully
2011-11-01 09:39:01

China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday morning, taking its space agency one step closer to having its own permanent manned space station. The Shenzhou 8 blasted off in Jiuquan, China this morning, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The agency said that Chang Wanquan, who leads China's space program, announced the launch was successful. The spacecraft will attempt to dock with an experimental module, carrying out maneuvers to couple with the Tiangong 1 that...

China Could Launch Manned Space Flights In 2012
2011-10-31 07:31:22

China is planning to launch two manned space flights in 2012 as it prepares to secure a long-term manned presence in space, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday. CNSA is also considering sending female astronauts aboard the spacecrafts Shenzou-9 and Shenzou-10 which will dock with the agency´s space lab Tiangong-1 next year, said Chen Shanguang, director of the Astronaut Center of China. “We must assess both male and female astronauts to...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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