Radiation on Mars trip near lifetime limit

Astronauts are hit with gamma rays and solar flares. Photo: AP

Astronauts who travel on future missions to Mars would likely be exposed to their lifetime limit of radiation during the trip, not to mention time spent on the Red Planet, scientists said.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 2:44am

Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' farewell

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie's classic Space Oddity in orbit. Photo: AP

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has marked his upcoming departure from the International Space Station by singing a cover version of David Bowie's classic song Space Oddity recorded on the orbiting laboratory.

14 May 2013 - 3:30am

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield becomes a social media superstar

Beijing's Tiananmen Square (above) still bright with echoes of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Photo: AFP/Chris Hadfield/NASA

The 53-year-old may have been the country's most experienced astronaut, the first Canadian to walk in space and a veteran of two Shuttle missions, but few people would have stopped him in the street to ask for an autograph.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:35am

Briefs, October 4, 2012

Liu Yang before the launch.

Taiwanese fighter jet pilot killed in France

A Taiwanese pilot died in France yesterday when his fighter jet burst into flames after crashing in a forest during a training mission. The Mirage 2000-5 went down in the eastern district of Froideconche, the military press office said, without giving further details. AFP


4 Oct 2012 - 4:33am

Neil Armstrong: A giant legend for mankind

There are heroes and then there are those who transcend the accolade. The late Neil Armstrong, the first person to step foot on the moon, was one of that rarest of breeds.

27 Aug 2012 - 4:53am

Astronaut, athlete visits 'part of election strategy'

Hong Kong is to welcome several eminent mainland visitors - the three astronauts who completed the country's first space docking in June, and probably some Olympic medallists - this month.

At least one commentator sees the visits as an attempt to boost the Beijing-loyalist vote in September's Legislative Council election.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Home away from home as astronauts tuck in

The space lives of the three astronauts who are scheduled to set foot on the Tiangong-1 space module this afternoon will not be all that different from what they are accustomed to back on earth - complete with Chinese fried rice and their favourite pop songs.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Two women reflect nation's highs and lows

Two women were at the forefront of attention on social media last week, and the contrast between the two - one celebrated, the other deeply pitied - has prompted reflection on the state of modern China.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Countdown for first Chinese woman in space

The Shenzhou-IX spacecraft is due to lift off today - possibly signalling the start of the countdown to the first Hongkonger in orbit.

Three Chinese astronauts, including the country's first spacewoman, are set to blast off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Inner Mongolia at 6.37pm.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Spacemen's diet hard to stomach

While there are plenty of unknowns involved in being launched into space, at least astronauts can take comfort in knowing the food is among the best their nation has to offer.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lost in space

For 30 years they have seen the smoke, heard the roar of engines and watched as the most complex vehicle mankind has ever built thundered into the sky on a pillar of flame.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Researchers aim to toughen astronauts' minds and bodies

Military and civilian research institutes have launched a joint five-year programme designed to make Chinese astronauts' minds and bodies stronger.

With the launch of the first space station module scheduled this year and three more next year, China will complete the construction of a space station of about the same size as the International Space Station by 2020.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Money no object for a space flight of fancy

It will probably be the most expensive five minutes Hogan Loh will ever experience - but certainly among the most rewarding.

The Hong Kong businessman always knew his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut was a long shot, but he never gave up hope of one day going into space.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Debate over role of women in space

There is a debate on the mainland as to whether it should send a woman into space. Many women have applied to become astronauts.

But, according to a news report, female candidates have a huge disadvantage. While all the male candidates are top fighter pilots, the women have flown only cargo planes. Also, the women are not authorised to talk about the issue.

12 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Women in space team but some say they should be grounded

Women will fill two of the seven vacancies as mainland space authorities screen candidates for the second generation of astronauts, according to state media. Of the 45 pilots from the air force on the list, one-third were female, a China News Service report said yesterday.

18 Sep 2009 - 12:00am