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2005-07-05 15:28:56

BEIJING (AP) -- China has narrowed the list of astronauts for the country's second manned space mission later this year to six candidates, according to media reports. The space vehicle is to blast off in September or October, carrying two astronauts on a four- or five-day flight. Officials will pick the two astronaut shortly before the flight. The Beijing Times newspaper quoted Huang Chunping, the chief launch vehicle designer, as saying that the remaining six candidates might include Yang...

2005-07-04 17:35:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has begun training six pilots forspaceflight, two of whom will enter orbit on September'sShenzhou VI mission, domestic media said on Monday, in the nextstep in the country's lofty space ambitions. The astronaut candidates were training in teams and thepair that showed the best teamwork would be the next Chinese inspace, Huang Chunping, the man who pushed the launch button forChina's first manned spaceflight in 2003, was quoted as sayingby the Web site Chinanews.com....

2005-07-04 17:35:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has begun training six pilots forspaceflight, two of whom will enter orbit on September'sShenzhou VI mission, domestic media said on Monday, in the nextstep in the country's lofty space ambitions. The astronaut candidates were training in teams and thepair that showed the best teamwork would be the next Chinese inspace, Huang Chunping, the man who pushed the launch button forChina's first manned spaceflight in 2003, was quoted as sayingby the Web site Chinanews.com....

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2005-04-18 19:08:00

SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- China is building a new space center in Shanghai to boost its manned spaceflight and satellite launching programs, an official newspaper said Monday. The new about 200-acre base will consolidate and expand operations of the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, the China Daily said. The academy produced communications and fuel systems for China's first manned spacecraft, the Shenzhou 5, which in October 2003 carried astronaut Yang Liwei on a one-day Earth-orbit...

2005-01-20 15:45:00

BEIJING (AP) -- China said Thursday that its second manned space mission will take place in September or October 2005 and will involve two astronauts orbiting for up to five days. The Shenzhou 6 craft will have a flight of four to five days with two astronauts aboard, said Sun Laiyan, director of China National Space Administration, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The astronauts will carry out scientific tests while in orbit, Xinhua said. The government said earlier it hoped...

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2004-12-22 13:37:43

BEIJING (AP) -- China gave a rare glimpse Wednesday of astronauts preparing for its second manned space mission, with state television showing trainees in simulated zero gravity doing somersaults and holding up the national flag. "The training has been going very smoothly," said Col. Yang Liwei, who made history on Oct. 15, 2003, as China's first man in space. "We have had no problems at all." China says its next flight will send two astronauts into orbit in late 2005, two years after...


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