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2005-11-26 18:22:57

BEIJING -- China's top leaders honored two astronauts who spent five days in space with a military-themed ceremony broadcast live on television Saturday in an apparent attempt to rouse support for communist rule. Dressed in stiff army green instead of their bulky white spacesuits, Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng and Fei Junlong basked in the elaborate praise heaped on them by President Hu Jintao and other leaders at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. "The fact that China...

2005-10-20 22:00:00

BEIJING -- A Chinese man has paid $100,000 for a 90-minute voyage that will make him China's first tourist in space, the China Daily said on Friday. Jiang Fang, president of a Hong Kong company that acts as the China agent for U.S.-based space tourism firm Space Adventures, would experience zero gravity on one of the company's sub-orbital flights due for launch in 2007, the China Daily said. That same year, China plans to launch its third manned space flight, which should include the...

2005-10-17 04:05:00

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of the country's technological prowess. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were flown to Beijing where they were given a hero's welcome after their Shenzhou VI space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Chinese region of Inner...

2005-10-17 04:05:00

BEIJING -- China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of the country's technological prowess. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were flown to Beijing where they were given a hero's welcome after their Shenzhou VI space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. The two astronauts were in good...

2005-10-16 22:55:00

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of China's technological prowess. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were flown to Beijing where they were given a hero's welcome after their Shenzhou VI space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Chinese region of Inner...

2005-10-16 17:39:12

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft Shenzhou VI returned home on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of China's technological prowess. The two astronauts reported they had landed safely and were in good health after the space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Inner Mongolia region, the official Xinhua news...

2005-10-16 16:04:08

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft Shenzhou VI touched down successfully in Inner Mongolia on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days, state media said, as the country stepped up a gush of patriotic fanfare. The two astronauts reported they had landed safely and were in good health after the space capsule touched down in the remote steppes of the northern Inner Mongolia region, Xinhua news agency said. They completed 76...

2005-10-16 06:38:30

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has scrambled helicopters, rescue teams and medics to a northern grassland area to prepare for the return of its Shenzhou VI spacecraft, expected to touch down on Monday morning, Xinhua news agency said. As of Sunday afternoon, Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, the astronauts on China's second manned space mission had flown 4.5 million km (2.8 million miles) since Wednesday's launch, Xinhua said. "Six helicopters, 14 special vehicles and more than 200 rescuers...

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2005-10-15 05:04:31

BEIJING (AP) -- Ships tracking China's Shenzhou 6 spacecraft encountered rough weather Friday and were preparing emergency measures in case conditions worsened, even as the astronauts completed their third day in orbit without a hitch, state media reported. The four ships monitoring the spacecraft's position from posts in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans were fighting high winds and waves late Friday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Up in space, the capsule performed a delicate...

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2005-10-14 00:15:00

BEIJING -- China's Shenzhou VI space capsule fired rockets Friday morning to tweak its trajectory during a 30th orbit of Earth, a correction that state media described as routine and planned even before lift-off. The operation, carried out shortly before 6 a.m. Beijing time (2200 GMT Thursday), took just a few seconds to restore the vessel to its original trajectory, Xinhua news agency said, citing information from the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center. "Under influence of the...


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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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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.