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China Astronauts Return Safely From 15-Day Space Lab Mission
2013-06-26 07:41:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fifteen days after launching toward a successful mission aboard the Tiangong-1 space lab, three Chinese astronauts returned safely to Earth, touching down in their Shenzhou 10 capsule at 8:07 am local time on June 26 in the grasslands of north China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The astronauts, Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping, spent nearly two weeks aboard the Chinese space lab conducting science and physics...

Shenzhou-10 Spacecraft Successfully Docks With Chinese Space Station
2013-06-14 09:19:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two days after launching from the Gobi Desert aboard a Long March 2F rocket, China´s Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has docked with the country´s Tiangong-1 orbiting space module, according to state media. The docking procedure was performed around 1 pm Beijing time via automated controls. After the Shenzhou-10 crew completed pressurization checks, they entered the orbiter and traded their protective space suits for blue jumpsuits,...

X-37B Prepares For Mission
2012-12-10 19:42:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The super secret Air Force space plane that looks like a mini-space shuttle is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in less than 24 hours. The X-37B unmanned space plane will be undergoing its third launch, set upon a top secret mission by the Air Force. The spacecraft has a payload capacity about the size of a small truck bed, the contents of which are unknown. X-37B will be hitching a ride aboard United...

Next Chinese Manned Mission May Launch Next Summer
2012-11-11 09:21:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online China's next manned space mission will involve a three-person crew and is currently scheduled to take place as early as next summer, according to various media reports that surfaced over the weekend. Reuters, citing reports that originated with the Xinhua news agency, said officials are planning to launch the Shenzhou 10 spacecraft in the first half of June 2013. Speaking at a meeting of the Communist Party, Niu...

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...

Mid-June Targeted For Chinese Manned Spacecraft Launch
2012-06-10 05:05:42

China is apparently planning to launch a manned spacecraft sometime in June, with state media reports suggesting that the vehicle will be docking with a mobile space lab that has been orbiting Earth since last September. CNN, citing information obtained from the Xinhua news agency, said that the Shenzhou-9 was moved to a launch platform Saturday in order to allow scientists to conduct tests prior to the launch, which is scheduled for the middle of this month. It will be the first time...

China Launches Unmanned Spacecraft Successfully
2011-11-01 09:39:01

China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday morning, taking its space agency one step closer to having its own permanent manned space station. The Shenzhou 8 blasted off in Jiuquan, China this morning, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The agency said that Chang Wanquan, who leads China's space program, announced the launch was successful. The spacecraft will attempt to dock with an experimental module, carrying out maneuvers to couple with the Tiangong 1 that...

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...

China Launching Tiangong-1 On Thursday Or Friday
2011-09-27 12:58:23

Juiquan Satellite Launch Center reports that last-minute preparations for the launch of the Tiangong-1 spacecraft began on Monday. These preparations mean that China could soon be completing its first rendezvous and docking mission in space. China Daily reported that crews were putting pipes and cables in place that will be used to inject fuel into the rocket to help carry the Tiangong-1 into outer space. The Xinhua News Agency reported that the Long March II-F rocket will launch...