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China Successfully Launches Shenzhou 10
2013-06-11 12:04:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China launched a manned space mission from the Gobi desert carrying three astronauts on Tuesday morning. The astronauts were launched aboard the Shenzhou-10 for a 15-day mission to an experimental laboratory. "You are the pride of the Chinese people, and this mission is both glorious and sacred," President Xi Jinping, who attended the launch, told the three astronauts. The mission will be the longest time Chinese astronauts have...

China Launching Shenzhou-10 This Summer
2013-02-28 21:06:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to Xinhua news agency, China's space program said in a statement on Thursday it will be launching a new spacecraft, along with three astronauts, this summer. The statement said the Chinese astronauts will be boarding the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft between June and August this year. The new mission will mark the first formal application of the manned space transportation system. China launched its own orbiting...

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,...

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...

China Launching First Woman Into Space Saturday
2012-06-15 10:27:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com China will be extending its feats on Saturday as it launches its first woman into space aboard its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. A spokeswoman for the country's space program said Liu Yang, a 33-year-old major in the People's Liberation Army, will take part in China's fourth manned space launch. "From day one I have been told I am no different from the male astronauts," Liu, a trained fighter pilot who is married but has no children, told the state broadcaster...

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...

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...

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2009-02-28 14:10:00

China plans to dock two unmanned crafts in space by 2011, with the first being launched by the end of 2010, a government spokesman told Xinhua news agency on Saturday. China intends to send one unmanned craft "“ the 8.5-ton Tiangong I "“ into space by the end of 2010. The craft will dock with the Shenzhou VIII, which is scheduled to launch in 2011, Xinhua reported. Docking two spacecrafts is a skill needed to run orbiting stations and send vehicles to the moon, according to...

2008-09-29 21:00:10

China's first spacewalk team returns home Chinese taikonaut Zhai Zhigang is helped out of the Shenzhou-7 re- entry module after it landed in Siziwang Banner in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday. Zhai made the country's first spacewalk in the mission. Zhai, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng stayed inside the capsule after landing for about 45 minutes to adapt to Earth's gravity before slowly crawling out the narrow entrance. A senior Chinese space official said the mission -...

2008-09-29 18:00:13

By STEPHEN WHITE THREE Chinese astronauts returned home as heroes yesterday after a 68-hour journey that saw their country's first space walk. Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng made a dusk parachute landing in their capsule in China's Inner Mongolia region. Some 300 waiting officials clapped and handed them flowers. Zhai, the only crew member to go on the 20-minute walk, said: "It was a glorious mission. I'm proud of my country." The trio will spend two weeks in quarantine....


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'