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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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2005-10-13 08:31:48

BEIJING -- A Chinese astronaut celebrated his birthday in orbit on Thursday, as the flight of his Shenzhou 6 capsule entered its second day, setting a new record for the length of a Chinese space mission. Astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng blasted off Wednesday on China's second manned space mission, a costly project meant to affirm Beijing's status as a rising world power. On Thursday, they were to test the capsule's stability by carrying out tasks such as opening and closing the door,...

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2005-10-13 04:45:00

BEIJING -- Two Chinese astronauts circling the Earth are doing experiments to help China find ways to put up people in a potential space laboratory for long stretches, Xinhua news agency said. After blasting off on Wednesday morning, Nie Haisheng and Fei Junlong started tests by exaggerating their movements while opening and closing internal doors, changing out of their space suits and using equipment to check the effects on the craft's trajectory, Xinhua said. "The two astronauts will bring...

2005-10-12 04:20:00

By Ben Blanchard and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. An elated Premier Wen Jiabao and other leaders were in Jiuquan to witness the launch, which has raised China's astronautic profile alongside new-found diplomatic and economic clout. "You will once again show that the Chinese people have the will, confidence and capability...

2005-10-11 22:45:00

By Ben Blanchard and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, both colonels in the People's Liberation Army, were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China's first manned space launch in 2003. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the...

2005-10-12 00:45:00

BEIJING -- China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, both colonels in the People's Liberation Army, were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China's first manned space launch in 2003. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the pair as saying before Shenzhou VI lifted off as...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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