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2009-07-09 08:50:00

China is planning to send its first woman into space as early as 2012, the state media announced on Thursday. Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, joined the program in 2003 and is now responsible for finding new recruits for their space program. "I believe Chinese women will soon be seen in space," said Yang during a webchat. Sui Guosheng, a recruitment officer with the Chinese Air Force, said the female astronaut is expected to go into space in 2012. The potential female astronauts would...

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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...

2008-10-06 09:00:40

Accompanying satellite begins orbiting Shenzhou-7 spaceship on Sunday BEIJING, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists on Sunday successfully directed the accompanying satellite BX-1 to begin circling the Shenzhou-7 spaceship, on an elliptical track of 4 kilometers multiplying 8 kilometers. It is the first time that China has succeeded in maneuvering this kind of space orbiting, official sources say. The accompanying satellite began orbiting the orbital capsule of the Shenzhou-7 at...

2008-10-05 12:00:05

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) BEIJING, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) - Chinese scientists on Sunday successfully directed the accompanying satellite BX-1 to begin circling the Shenzhou-7 spaceship, on an elliptical track of 4 kilometres multiplying 8 kilometres. It is the first time that China has succeeded in manoeuvring this kind of space orbiting, official sources say. The accompanying satellite began orbiting the orbital capsule of the...

2008-09-29 21:00:10

By Christopher Bodeen BEIJING - Chinese celebrated their nation's first spacewalk Saturday, gathering at outdoor TV screens to cheer live video of the milestone for a program that has ambitions of building a space station and challenging the U.S. and Russia in off-world exploration. Stoking national pride one month after the close of the Beijing Olympics, state television's coverage reflected much of the glory onto president and Communist Party leader Hu Jintao, who was present at...

2008-09-29 21:00:10

By Christopher Bodeen BEIJING - Astronauts aboard China's Shenzhou 7 spacecraft prepared Friday for the country's first-ever spacewalk today. Prepping the two space suits - one Chinese, one Russian - takes about 12 hours and includes booting up the power, life support and other systems and synchronizing them, said Wang Zhaoyao, deputy director of China's manned space program office. "This is China's first attempt (at a spacewalk) so there are a lot of uncertainties," Wang said. The...

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 18:00:00

Three Chinese astronauts emerged from their space capsule yesterday upon a jubilant return to Earth after successfully completing the country's first spacewalk mission. State broadcaster CCTV showed their Shenzhou 7 spaceship landing under clear skies in the grasslands of China's northern Inner Mongolia region at 5:37pm (1037 BST). Premier Wen Jiabao applauded at mission control in Beijing. "The astronauts feel very good," mission commander Zhai Zhigang said as the vessel floated down to...

2008-09-29 18:00:13

THREE Chinese astronauts emerged from their capsule yesterday upon a jubilant return to Earth after successfully completing the country's first-ever spacewalk mission. State broadcaster CCTV showed their Shenzhou 7 spaceship landing under clear skies in the grasslands of China's northern Inner Mongolia region at 5:37pm (1037 BST). Premier Wen Jiabao applauded at mission control in Beijing. "The astronauts feel very good," mission commander Zhai Zhigang said as the vessel floated down...

2008-09-29 18:00:00

THE three Chinese astronauts who went on a 68-hour voyage and the country's first space walk landed safely back on earth yesterday. Their spacecraft parachuted down to the grassland of Inner Mongolia at dusk, and doctors rushed to open the capsule. Space walker Zhai Zhigang was the first to emerge and was helped to a nearby chair, where he was greeted with flowers and applause. He said he was "proud of his motherland" after completing his mission. PremierWen Jiabao said the three...


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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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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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