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2005-10-13 08:31:48

BEIJING -- A Chinese astronaut celebrated his birthday in orbit on Thursday, as the flight of his Shenzhou 6 capsule entered its second day, setting a new record for the length of a Chinese space mission. Astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng blasted off Wednesday on China's second manned space mission, a costly project meant to affirm Beijing's status as a rising world power. On Thursday, they were to test the capsule's stability by carrying out tasks such as opening and closing the door,...

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2005-10-13 04:45:00

BEIJING -- Two Chinese astronauts circling the Earth are doing experiments to help China find ways to put up people in a potential space laboratory for long stretches, Xinhua news agency said. After blasting off on Wednesday morning, Nie Haisheng and Fei Junlong started tests by exaggerating their movements while opening and closing internal doors, changing out of their space suits and using equipment to check the effects on the craft's trajectory, Xinhua said. "The two astronauts will bring...

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2005-10-12 16:55:00

BEIJING -- Chinese exulted at their country's second manned space flight Wednesday after the government eased its secrecy and showed the launch of two astronauts on live television, scoring a success in a costly program that communist leaders hope will win them respect abroad and public support at home. Children in Shanghai watched in class and hundreds of people gathered around a giant video screen at Beijing's main railway station to see astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng blast off...

2005-10-12 04:20:00

By Ben Blanchard and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. An elated Premier Wen Jiabao and other leaders were in Jiuquan to witness the launch, which has raised China's astronautic profile alongside new-found diplomatic and economic clout. "You will once again show that the Chinese people have the will, confidence and capability...

2005-10-11 22:45:00

By Ben Blanchard and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, both colonels in the People's Liberation Army, were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China's first manned space launch in 2003. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the...

2005-10-12 00:45:00

BEIJING -- China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, both colonels in the People's Liberation Army, were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China's first manned space launch in 2003. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the pair as saying before Shenzhou VI lifted off as...

2005-10-11 20:35:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, just two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China's first manned space launch in 2003. Their mission is due to last five days. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the two as saying before the...

2005-10-11 20:14:42

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, just two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Julong and Nie Haisheng were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China's first manned space launch in 2003. Their mission is due to last five days. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the two as saying before the launch as a light...

2005-10-11 18:12:14

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China sends its second manned mission into orbit from a remote launch site in the dusty northwest on Wednesday, just two years after joining an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Julong and Nie Haisheng had entered the capsule of the Shenzhou VI after a meeting at the Jiuquan launch center with Premier Wen Jiabao, who wished their mission success. Lift-off for the spacecraft was expected between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Beijing time (0000-0100...

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2005-10-11 18:35:00

JIAYUGUAN, China (AP) -- Just two years after joining the exclusive club of spacefaring nations, China prepared Wednesday for its second manned flight from a launch pad in the Gobi Desert. A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 6 capsule and two astronauts was to blast off sometime Wednesday from the remote base in China's northwest, the official Xinhua News Agency said. In a break with the space agency's typical secrecy, Xinhua said a live broadcast of the entire flight would be provided to foreign...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Taikonaut -- Taikonaut is a term used for as-yet hypothetical astronauts launched by China. China has, as of 2003, conducted a number of unmanned launches of its Shenzhou spacecraft. On January 2, Shanghai aerospace centre director Yuan Jie announced that they were aiming to launch their first manned mission in the second half of 2003. The term was coined by Western media based on the term "taikong" (太空 in pinyin: tai4 kong1), Chinese for space. Compare to the term...

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