Human Spaceflight

Short Science, June 16, 2013

Valentina Tereshkova

Palaeontologists have made the surprising evolutionary discovery that ancient fish may have had abdominal muscles, previously thought to have only developed in land animals.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am

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.

2 Jun 2013 - 2:44am

Short Science, January 6, 2013

El Nino, shown by the white area at the equator. Photo: AFP

The frequency and volatility of El Nino, a weather pattern that hammers the tropical Pacific Ocean every five years or so, does not seem linked to climate change, US research shows. 

6 Jan 2013 - 4:57am

Year in space to test effects on astronauts' mind and body

Scott Kelly

Two veteran spacefarers have been chosen to spend a year aboard the International Space Station - many times longer than the usual tour of duty - as part of research into the physiological effects of long stays in space.

The work will feed into American and Russian plans to send people to Mars, which would require astronauts to be in harsh conditions for several years at a time.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:01am

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

Nasa looks at setting up space base gateway to Mars

The International Space Station is just 400km from Earth.

Top Nasa officials have picked a leading candidate for the agency's next major mission: construction of an outpost that would send astronauts further from Earth than they have yet been.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Astronauts' visit can inspire Hong Kong youth to look to science, not just business

Chinese astronauts coming to Hong Kong are nothing new; they have made official stops twice before. Nor is near space as exotic as it once was. Manned missions to the International Space Station are regular events and the first commercial tourist flights are planned to begin next year.

15 Aug 2012 - 1:51am

Shenzhou makes textbook docking

China completed its first manual space docking yesterday, a landmark step in the country's programme to build a space station by 2020.

The Shenzhou-IX spacecraft and its three-person crew, including the country's first spacewoman, Liu Yang, docked with the Tiangong-1 space module at around 12.50pm, with state television covering the event live.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Astronauts get stellar send-off

When the three astronauts of the Shenzhou-IX mission emerged from their quarantined residence at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at about 3.30pm yesterday, hundreds of people cheered, waved flowers and sang a victory song as military bands drummed in the background

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Woman astronaut can inspire China

The idea of a woman going into space lost its novelty when Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova made the journey 49 years ago. She has since been joined by 53 others, from the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and Britain. With so many predecessors, China's ascending to the elite club is, in global terms, not a big deal.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The motto cannot be to avoid using the rescue fund at all costs

The head of Germany's central bank, Jens Weidmann, called on Spain to tap Europe's bailout fund to prop up its banks

[The Shenzhou-IX crew] might include female astronauts

Niu Hongguang, deputy chief of China's manned space programme

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Nation may send woman into space

China may this year send its first woman into space.

Two woman astronauts received intensive training for a mission scheduled for summer, according to a senior space expert.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Xi Jinping begins two-day visit to Turkey

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

China and US leaders share same table again

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Our prime concern is to let the public receive timely medical care and to relieve pressure among frontline staff

Hospital Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk defends hiring overseas doctors

It is quite difficult and risky to join together two vehicles travelling at high speeds in orbit, with a margin of error of no more than 20 centimetres

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am