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Shenzhou-9 Has Docked With Tiangong-1 Space Lab
2012-06-18 08:10:04

China, being only the third country to launch its own manned mission into space, made history Monday with its first successful manned docking mission at 6:07 a.m. UTC (2:07 p.m. Beijing time), just two days after it sent 3 astronauts, including the first Chinese woman, into space aboard its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. Shenzhou-9 successfully docked with China´s inaugural orbiting space lab Tiangong-1, which has been in orbit since last year. China state television showed live shots of the...

China Planning To Launch New Manned Space Mission
2012-02-17 12:31:13

China news agency Xinhua reported on Friday that the country's space agency will be launching its next manned space mission sometime between June and August. This will be China's fourth manned mission since 2003, and it will attempt to dock with an experimental module that was launched September 29 last year. According to Xinhua, three astronauts will attempt to dock with the Tiangong-1 module, and will then live and conduct experiments there. China completed its first docking...

China Could Launch Manned Space Flights In 2012
2011-10-31 07:31:22

China is planning to launch two manned space flights in 2012 as it prepares to secure a long-term manned presence in space, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday. CNSA is also considering sending female astronauts aboard the spacecrafts Shenzou-9 and Shenzou-10 which will dock with the agency´s space lab Tiangong-1 next year, said Chen Shanguang, director of the Astronaut Center of China. “We must assess both male and female astronauts to...

China Launching Unmanned Space Module Next Week
2011-09-21 05:05:17

  A Chinese official said on Tuesday that the country plans to launch an experimental spacecraft next week that will be a big step in developing its first space station. The Tiangong 1 will blast off from a site in the Gobi Desert between September 27 and 30, according to the Xinhua news agency. The news agency said the Tiangong 1, or "Heavenly Palace", will launch aboard the Long March rocket on a pad at Jiuquan in northwest Gansu province. "The main task of the Tiangong 1...

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2011-04-30 05:40:00

China's most well-known astronaut said Friday that his country and the United States should make good on promises of cooperation in space made by their respective presidents, reports Reuters. "I think the two countries should proactively implement the intent expressed in the joint communiqu© to eliminate obstacles and promote exchange and cooperation in our space programs," said Yang Liwei, now the vice director of the country's Manned Space Engineering Office. Efforts in the past to...

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2011-03-04 16:10:55

Twenty of the 22 rocket manufacturing facilities are completed in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin, the Global Times said. The increasingly ambitious country is gearing up to build rockets for its budding space program with an eye towards landing astronauts on the moon.The latest rockets, named Long March IV and V will be designed and built at the 500-acre complex, AFP reports, citing Liang Xiaohong, vice head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.With a payload capacity...

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2011-01-03 06:35:00

China, working jointly with Russia, plans to launch its first Mars probe in October after a two-year delay, state media reported on Sunday. Yinghuo-1 was due to blast off in October 2009 along with Russia's "Phobos Explorer" from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but the launch was postponed, Xinhua news agency said. The media report, quoting an anonymous expert at China Academy of Space Technology, said the launch was pushed back to October 2011. It also reported that China plans to...

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2010-03-04 06:20:00

State media said Wednesday that China has postponed the next step in its ambitious space station program until 2011 for technical issues. Xinhua news agency cited rocket designer Qi Faren as saying that China had originally planned to place the Tiangong-1 space module in orbit later this year, and undertake experimental docking maneuvers in subsequent missions. However, Qi said that the initial launch has now been delayed by a year due to "technical reasons." Qi made this statement on the...

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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...

2008-09-28 09:00:10

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China's Third Manned Spacecraft Returns After Landmark Spacewalk"] Beijing, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) - The Shenzhou-7 space module carrying three taikonauts landed safely by parachute Sunday afternoon in China's northern grassland, after a landmark spacewalk mission that leads the country further in its space exploration. Astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming, and Jing Haipeng came back from a...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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