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2008-09-25 21:00:11

BEIJING. Sept 25 (Interfax) - A third manned spaceship, Shenzhou 7, has lifted off from the Jiuquan launch pad in the northwestern province of Gansu. The crew comprises cosmonauts Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng, all of them born in 1966 and on the program for manned space flights since 1998. Their main mission is to carry out a spacewalk, the first one in the history of China's space exploration. The Shenzhou 7, comprising an orbital module, a recoverable module and an engine...

2008-09-25 17:46:25

China launched a spaceship carrying three Chinese astronauts into orbit Thursday for a three-day mission that may include a spacewalk, official media reported. The Shenzhou 7 spacecraft lifted off from western China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in the northwestern Gansu Province, under clear skies at 9:10 p.m. Beijing time, or 9:10 a.m. EDT, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. The three 42-year-old fighter-pilot astronauts -- Zhai Zhigang, Jing Haipeng and Liu Boming -- were...

2008-09-25 12:00:11

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "2nd Ld: China's Manned Spacecraft Shenzhou-7 Blasts off on Space Walk Mission"] JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) - China launched its third manned spacecraft on Thursday with three astronauts on board to attempt the country's first-ever space walk. The spaceship Shenzhou-7 blasted off on a Long March II-F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gansu...

2008-09-25 09:00:41

China starts loading fuel to Shenzhou 7 carrier rocket JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-7 mission headquarters has decided to load fuel into a Long-March II-F carrier rocket, that will launch the capsule and three Chinese taikonauts (astronauts) into space on Thursday. The loading, which started at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, meant that the launch of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft is irreversible. The loading would last for seven hours and two types of propellants will be...

2008-09-25 06:00:11

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "NASA Wishes China Success on Launch of Shenzhou-7 Mission"] WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) - "NASA wishes China success on the launch of Shenzhou-7 and the safe return of its crew," a spokesman for the US space agency told Xinhua on the eve of the mission. China has announced that the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft will lift off on Thursday night. This will be the third Chinese manned space mission,...

2008-09-25 06:00:11

By Calum MacLeod BEIJING -- From a secretive desert town in China's northwest, the country will launch its third manned spaceflight today, which will feature the nation's first spacewalk. Chinese television will broadcast the takeoff from the Jiuquan satellite launch center in Gansu province, as well as the spacewalk, for the public to view another milestone soon after last month's Olympic Games in Beijing. Russian technicians will provide support for the spacewalk during the...

2008-09-24 15:00:12

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "All Systems Ready for China's Shenzhou-7 Space Mission: Officials"] Beijing, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) - All the systems of the Shenzhou-7 manned space programme are going well as the mission, including China's first space walk, has begun to count down for Thursday's blastoff, officials said Wednesday night. Engineers started Wednesday afternoon to load fuel into the Long- March II-F carrier...

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2008-09-24 09:30:00

A spokesman for China's space program said Wednesday that Russian technicians will help direct China's third manned mission and first-ever spacewalk this week, setting the stage for expanded cooperation between the sides. Wang Zhaoyao told reporters at the Jiuquan launch site in northwestern China that two Chinese astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft will don spacesuits for the maneuver, one of them a Russian-made Orlan model. Wang said Russian experts would support the two throughout...

2008-09-21 15:30:00

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Chinese Astronauts for Shenzhou-7 Mission Arrive at Launch Centre"] JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) - A panel of six Chinese astronauts arrived at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern Gansu Province on Sunday, making the last-minute preparations for the country's third manned space mission. Taking a special flight to the remote centre, three qualified spacemen and three...

2008-09-20 12:00:11

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China's Manned Spacecraft Shenzhou-7 in Final Preparation for Launch"] JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) - The Shenzhou-7 manned spaceship, the Long-March II-F rocket and the escape tower were vertically transferred to the launch pad at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, marking the final stage of the preparation. The 58.3-meter-high body was transferred to the launch pad on a 1,500-meter-long heavy...


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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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